PUNE: The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) has joined hands with members of a group of youngsters running the ‘Stop the V ritual’ campaign. This is a WhatsApp campaign by youngsters against virginity tests on wedding night. The group, run by Vivek Tamaichekar, a master’s student at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, has over 40 members, 50 per cent of which are in Pune, mainly members of Kanjarbhat community.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Nandini Jadhav of MANS said that in a progressive society, practices like ‘virginity test’ followed by some communities in Maharashtra should be stopped. “Many girls failing the virginity test have to face problems in the society and so such practices has to be stopped,” added Jadhav.
Tamaichekar, who also holds a law degree, said four members in the group were ostracised from Kanjarbhat community.
“While one victim has been accused of adultery, the others were ostracised after the ‘virginity test’ practised by the community. There is need to spread awareness about these acts as people are suffering due to such practices,” he added. According to the custom prevalent in Kanjarbhat community, the village panchayat spreads a white bedsheet on the first wedding night of a couple. If the sheet is found stained with red colour, then the woman passes the test otherwise she is accused of having a physical relationship prior to marriage.