Indonesian Police: 'Virginity' a requirement for policewomen

The Indonesian police continue to use a "degrading" invasive physical test to check for female recruits virginity, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has claimed.

A manual examination is used to physically check for an intact hymen in the recruits, the report alleges.

It is, according to the report, a long-standing part of the health check that women must undergo to be accepted onto the force.

While the virginity test is not specifically part of the required "obstetrics and gynecology" examination that female recruits are required to undergo to gain entry to the National Police, senior female officers told the report's authors that it has long been part of the process.

Virginity a requirement

The National Police website lists the health requirements for female recruits, listing virginity as one of the requirements.

"In addition to the other m physical examinations. Women who want to become policewomen are to undergo a virginity test. Policewomen must keep their virginity,"ethical and the informational page states. It ends the section with a cheery "thank you" and a smiley-face emoticon.

Married women are not eligible to apply for service in the police force.



  1. ubesie chukwuebuka chidiogo

    November 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Virginity a requirement ? this is funny to me, I know here in Nigeria nobody can boast that she is still a virgin, I know if this rules apply in Nigeria police, Nigeria will have fewer female admitted into Nigeria police.

  2. Ejinwa Anthony

    November 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    well each day you hear some kind of laws some state adhere to and I smh….its all good sha

  3. Ezinwa Faith

    November 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Well dats gud

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