Maharashtra government on Wednesday said that virginity test on women would be soon considered as a sexual offence. Newly wed women from Kanjarbhat community in Maharashtra have to go through a custom before marriage, in which they have to prove they’re virgins. Minister of State for Home Ranjeet Patil on Wednesday held a meeting at Mantralaya in Mumbai with various people from social organisations including Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe to discuss the same issue.
Patil ensured the people in meeting that Maharashtra government would issue a notification directing police to register a case of sexual harassment if any woman complaints of being forced to take the virginity test.
Patil, as pe NDTV, briefed reporters, “Virginity test will be considered a form of sexual assault. After consultations with the Law and Judiciary department, a circular will be issued declaring it as a punishable offence.” Patil assured that his department would review cases of sexual assault and ensure they’re solved at the earliest.