Storm over virginity tests during mass marriage: Tribal girls in MP's Shahdol face humiliation

The brides at a mass wedding ceremony under the state government-sponsored scheme were made to undergo physical tests, creating a major controversy for the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

Not just the girls who were about to tie knot, faced tremendous embarrassment, their families were outraged by the unusual check. No less than 152 girls were participating in the mass marriage under the Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana.

The incident occurred in Shahdol. Though government officials say that the manner in which the tests were conducted was wrong, they claim that the aim was to check the malpractices reported recently.

Often pregnant women were also made to sit in the mandap by the middle-men who lured them with the promise of money apart from cases of married couple registering themselves for the marriage again, in order to get the utensils and goods worth Rs 5,000 given by the government.

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