In a major decision, the Maharashtra government has made illegal the practice of virginity tests considering it to be a form of sexual assault.
Certain communities in the state follow a custom whereby a newly-wed woman has to prove that she was a virgin before her marriage.
Ranjeet Patil, the Minister of State for Home, met a delegation of social organisations on the subject on Wednesday.
The appalling custom is followed in the Maharashtra’s Kanjarbhat community among others. But there is growing resistance to the practise within the community.
A group of young people from the community have themselves launched a campaign to have the custom banned.
Last week, the National Commission for Women or NCW had expressed serious concerns over a media report that said virginity tests of brides were being forcefully conducted among some of communities.