After being infringed and brutally raped as sex slaves to ISIS fighters, women have had to endure further humiliation by Kurdish officials of being forced to undergo virginity tests.
“The girls underwent the abusive and inaccurate procedure as part of a forensic, post-rape examination” Human Rights Watch Researcher, Women’s Rights Division Rothna Begum said in a recent Dispatches report.
She said the tests were seen as evidence of rape by Iraqi courts, despite the World Health Organisation stating definitively that “virginity tests” have no scientific validity.
“They are based on a commonly held but inaccurate belief that all women and girls who are virgins have intact hymens that bleed on first intercourse,” she said.
“As such they are ineffective for determining whether a woman or girl has been raped.” These types of actions that are being conducted will only make the lives of these victims even harder. However not much will change any time soon because despite being perceived as liberal honor and loyalty still run deep in the Kurdish areas.