Wednesday, May 11, 2011

UK Conducted ‘Virginity Tests’ on Immigrants

Recently uncovered United Kingdom Home Office documents show that the British government hid how often it subjected female immigrants hoping to enter the country to "virginity tests."

The documents, discovered by Australian legal academics Dr. Marinella Marmo and Dr. Evan Smith, suggest that at least 80 south Asian women underwent "virginity tests" in the late 1970s.

Alex Lyon, a former Labour immigration minister, called for the practice to be stopped in 1975, but the documents show that 73 women were subjected to the tests in New Delhi and nine in Bombay at British embassies between 1976 and 1979. The tests were applied to women coming to Britain to marry British citizens to confirm the their marital status.'


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