To the long list of crimes the British are guilty of against Indians, let’s add one more – Virginity tests on dozens of Indian girls.
According to an AP story, the British High Commission conducted tests on 73 women in New Delhi and nine in Bombay between 1976 and 1979.
The reason offered for conducting the virginity tests on sati Savitris was to weed out bogus immigration claims.
Although the news that the British conducted virginity tests on Indian girls is not new, the scale of their testing is higher than previously disclosed.
Here’s an excerpt from the AP story:
Newly discovered documents indicate that the British government concealed how often it administered so-called “virginity tests” to female immigrants hoping to enter the country in the 1970s on marriage visas.
The documents, unearthed by legal researchers Marinella Marmo and Evan Smith from Australia’s Flinders University, showed that the tests — meant to prove that women coming into Britain to marry were virgins — had been administered more than 80 times.
Although the tests first drew condemnation in the late 1970s, the extent to which the practice had taken place was not clear until now. The British government had previously acknowledged only two cases, both done at Heathrow Airport.
Wonder how many of the Indian girls the British tested were virgins?
Since it was the 70s and pre-marital sex was mostly taboo, we’d bet at least 90% of the Indian girls tested were virgins.
Today, of course, the ratio of Indian boys and girls who have left any of their orifices unexplored pre-marriage would trend far lower. Isn’t that what they call development? 😉