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"Two-Finger" Test for Rape Needs to End

Tom Wright at The Wall Street Journal’s India Realtime blog addresses several components of the country’s ongoing rape culture, including the above-mentioned “two-finger test”:

In the test, which appears in Indian jurisprudence textbooks and is admissible in court, a doctor inserts two fingers into a women’s vagina to determine its laxity and whether the hymen is broken, signaling previous sexual activity.

The test perpetuates stereotypes of rape survivors as loose women and often is used by defense counsels to achieve acquittals, human-rights groups say.

In case you missed it when I linked to it a couple months ago, here’s Scarleteen’s post on the vaginal corona, which should tell you all you need to know about why the “two-finger test” makes absolutely no sense.

Via The Atlantic Wire.