If you’ve lost it, and have Rs 65,000 to shell out and half an hour to spare, it can be yours again. It may be shocking, but a large number of young girls are queuing up at cosmetic surgery clinics to “restore their virginity” through hymenoplasty, which involves taking tissues from the vagina to reconstruct the hymen.
A wedding prep? Doctors say they get as many as 15-20 requests every month before the wedding season for such operations. “It’s popular because it is instant. Girls walk into a clinic and walk out in half an hour flat. It’s painless, and performed under local anaesthesia,” says cosmetic surgeon Dr Charu Sharma, adding, “Many use fake names and don’t even allow nurses in the operating theatre,” says Dr Sharma.
What a gift
A large number of married women too want their hymen to be resurrected. “Mostly it’s their husbands who prod them to undergo the procedure to make it seem like the first time,” says Dr Nina Kumar Singh, gynaecologist. “Some do it before their marriage anniversary or New Year as a surprise for their husbands.”