Indonesia’s top military commander defended a requirement that female recruits undergo an invasive “virginity test” to determine whether they are morally suited for the armed forces.
His remarks follow a letter from Human Rights Watch condemning the practice.
“So what’s the problem? It’s a good thing, so why criticize it?” Gen. Moeldoko was quoted by The Jakarta Globe as telling reporters on Friday.
Moeldoko “conceded, though, that there was no direct link between a woman being a virgin and her abilities as a member of the armed forces, but insisted that virginity was a gauge of a woman’s morality — one of the three key traits he said a woman must have to serve in the [Indonesia Armed Forces], along with high academic aptitude and physical strength.”
The virginity test “is a measure of morality. There’s no other way” to determine a person’s morality, Moeldoko said.
According to The Washington Post: “In Indonesia, the test is considered standard practice. Women seeking to join the military are required to strip naked and have their genitalia manually examined by a doctor, purportedly to ensure that they are virgins.”
Culled from: http://www.lailasblog.com/2015/05/indonesia-police-chief-defends-law-that.html#sthash.4WEce75A.dpuf