Afghanistan did not ban virginity testing; it regulated it.

This February, the Afghanistan government enacted a new Penal Code, a first since 1967. The international community praised the government for living up to their promise to ban virginity testing. But, instead, a closer reading will show otherwise.

Article 640 of the new Penal Code “criminalises” virginity examination, a first in Afghanistan’s legal history. But the new law permits a virginity examination if conducted with the consent of the victim, or, following a court order. So, what has Article 640 actually changed?.

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Natasha Latiff

Natasha Latiff is Founder /Legal Counsel of @SAHR and Women For Justice Organisation. Advise lawyers in Afghanistan, Asia/MENA on human rights issues.

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