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Virginity test '€œagainst human rights'€: NGOs

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Jakarta | Wed, August 21 2013 | 01:43 pm

A coalition of education-focused NGOs have strongly rejected a plan by the Prabumulih municipality administration in South Sumatra to conduct virginity tests on female students, saying that it violated every citizen'€™s right to an education.

'€œThe purpose of such a test is absurd. The 1945 Constitution as well as the 1999 Human Rights Law stipulate that education is one of every citizen'€™s constitutional rights. Therefore, the right of access to education cannot be denied under any circumstance,'€ the coalition stated in a press statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

'€œThe planned test also violates the 2013 National Education Law, which stipulates that education shall be maintained with justice and without discrimination,'€ the coalition added.

Prabumulih Education Agency chief HM Rasyid said on Tuesday that the test would be conducted on all girls entering high school. '€œThe test will be implemented in 2014 and will be paid for from the city budget,'€ he said, adding that the test was aimed at reducing sexual crimes committed against students.

Rasyid was optimistic that the test would have a positive impact, as it would steer female students away from what he called '€œnegative activities'€.

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