Two sisters in Kolhapur, Maharashtra have filed a police complaint(FIR) against their husbands and in-laws due to being subjected to mental and physical torture over a ‘virginity test’, according to reports.
The two women were sent back to their parents’ home after one of the two sisters failed to pass the “white sheet” test used to determine if a woman was a virgin or not.
According to reports, the two sisters – both belonging to the Kanjarbhat community, got married last year and have alleged that one of their husbands and his parents attempted to annul their marriage after one of the sisters failed a ‘virginity test’.
One of the sisters told Times of India how they were subjected to mental and physical torture over the ‘virginity test’.
She said, “I got married on November 27 with Sandip Kanjarbhat. My mother-in-law Shobha Sunny Khanjarbhat tortured me two days after the wedding. My husband tried to hang me by the ceiling. My mother-in-law hit me on the face and she used to pinch me.”
“About virginity test, they asked us to get ready and have dinner. Their relatives were present at the spot. The beds were ready with white sheets but I had no idea they were planning this. I didn’t bleed so they alleged that I wasn’t a good character. My husband used to threaten me that he will ask someone to rape me in Belgaum. My husband said if I have any self-pride left I should go home or die by suicide or they will force me to die by suicide,” she further stated in the interview.
She revealed, “Mother-in-law used to say there are other women ready to marry her son and heavy dowry such as gold ornaments and four-wheelers.”
According to the complainant, her husband and his family misled her to her mother’s house and abandoned her there. “My husband works with the Indian Army as Havaldar. They misled me to come to my mother’s house for a ceremony and left me there,” she stated.
“They have called off the wedding not in the courtroom but before the caste panchayat. The caste panchayat panch said my husband can now remarry,” the complainant explained.
As per reports, on April 8, the sisters had lodged an FIR against the husband and his parents for unofficially declaring a divorce and the case is under investigation.