Tuesday, July 3, 2012

“If it is proved that the woman was not virgin and sought to get married without telling the man, there is no law that protects her”

This is what billions of dollars and the bringing of democracy to Iraq has come to.  We are back to the dark ages of Islam, where women are expected to be a virgin on their wedding night, and if not there is "no law that protects her."  Where are the Western Muslim apologists and feminists and their angry mobs, demanding an end to this barbaric and degrading procedure, always done at the behest of the insulted husband.  Are they marshaling at the border of Iraq to protest and demand changes?

We'll wait....

From Al Arabiya July 1

Iraqi women face court-ordered virginity tests

Iraqi women face court-ordered virginity tests that often show they were virgins until marriage but shame them nonetheless, doctors at an institute that carries out the tests and a lawyer told AFP.

Remaining a virgin until marriage can be an issue of life or death for women in the Middle East, where those who are seen as having dishonored the family by having premarital sex are sometimes killed by male relatives.

An average of several virginity tests are performed per day at the Medical Legal Institute (MLI) in Baghdad, in a small windowless room with blue-tiled walls and a black table with leg stirrups at one end.

Other equipment includes a white scope on a wheeled stand and a bright white light, also on wheels, near the end of the table.

“Most of the cases we received after the first day of marriage,” said Dr. Munjid al-Rezali, the director of the MLI.

“The husband claim that she is not a virgin, and then the family brings her here, through the courts, this all come through the courts, and we examine her,” Rezali said, speaking in English.

“It’s not uncommon, we are seeing a lot,” he added.

The tests include examination of the woman’s hymen, but the man involved may also come under scrutiny.

The man may be tested for impotency, Rezali said, noting that in some cases, a man with erectile dysfunction may pretend the woman was not a virgin to hide his shame.

What, no Viagra in Iraq?

The results of the tests go directly to the courts, and are not given by the MLI to the parties involved, Rezali said.

“They think that during the marriage, (the) first day of marriage, there should be blood... they think if there is no blood, there is no virginity,” said Dr. Sami Dawood, a forensic doctor at the MLI who has been involved in the tests.

This belief, he said, indicates that sex education and knowledge is “very poor.”

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