Afghan women jail virginity testsThe Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan (AIHRC) has voiced concerns regarding the invasive virginity tests the Afghan women and girls are going through after they are accused of adultery.

In its latest report, AIHRC said the women are subjected to the invasive tests after accused of moral crimes by the judiciary institutions of the country.

The report further added that the victims are subjected to the tests without their consent which are usually accepted by the judiciary institutions, making it a basis for the trial of the accused.

AIHRC questioned the method of the tests, saying the tests are being conducted without considering the scientific basis of such tests, persistent corruption in government institutions, and technical insufficiency.

The rights organization also expressed concerns regarding the eloping of the women, saying the majority of the women are fleeing from the houses due to growing domestic violence with forced marriages remaining a top motive for the girls to abandon their families.

The girls are often accused of adultery while the men are accused of kidnapping and are tried by the judiciary institutions, AIHRC said, adding that the security institutions are introducing the girls to Forensic where they undergo virginity tests to confirm they were not involved in adultery.

The 17-page report by AIHRC has been prepared based on findings and interviews of 53 women serving in jails on adultery charges in 12 provinces, the rights organization said.

AIHRC also added that the prisoners interviewed by the rights organization were between 13 to 45 years of age with 45 of them jailed over adultery charges, 8 others were accused of eloping and adultery, and 2 of them were accused of adultery and alcohol consumption.

The women are serving in jails in Badakhshan, Bamyan, Daikundi, Ghor, Herat, Nangarhar, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz, Faryab, Balkh and Paktia provinces, AIHRC added.

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