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MP shocker: Brides undergo pregnancy and virginity tests at mass wedding programme

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At least eight girls were reportedly vetoed from participating in the mass wedding function after they were found pregnant.
  • MP shocker: Brides undergo pregnancy and virginity tests at mass wedding programme
    MP shocker: Brides undergo pregnancy and virginity tests at mass wedding programme
    Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh’s government mass wedding programme, or Mukhyamantri Kanyadaan Yojana courted a massive controversy after it was learnt that girls were subjected to virginity and pregnancy tests at one of the functions in Betul district on Friday.
    At least eight girls were reportedly vetoed from participating in the mass wedding function after they were found pregnant. The Indian Express reported that approximately 400 couples, mostly tribal, were married in a mass ceremony that took place in Hardu village.
    The daily quoted local officials claiming that several tribal girls were seen having ‘bumps on their stomachs’, thus necessitating medical tests. The official, however, failed to give a convincing reason behind the need to conduct virginity tests.
    The incident drew ire of the Congress, with leader of Opposition Ajay Singh deploring the fact that the women were ‘not even taken to a hospital to undergo tests’. The report says that both pregnancy and virginity tests were conducted at weddings’ venue, a government school.
    Taking serious note of the incident, district collector Rajesh Mishra revealed that an enquiry had been ordered as rules ‘didn’t prescribe such tests’. The findings of the probe are to be submitted within next few days.
    Under Mukhyamantri Kanyadaan Yojana, thousands of couples who otherwise cannot afford wedding bills are married away at a state-sponsored function. The government also provides each couple with gifts worth Rs 15,000.
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