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MP tribal girls retract virginity test statement

india Updated: Jul 19, 2009 22:44 IST
Debobrat Ghose

Two tribal girls who had filed complaints against three government officials for allegedly conducting virginity tests on them prior to a mass marriage function on June 30, have backtracked from their earlier version.

The two complainants of Baiga community – Saroj Baiga and Arti, both 19, and residents of Gortara village reportedly gave an affidavit to district administration Shahdol, claiming that they were compelled to put thumb impression on the complaint letter submitted to the police on July 16.

Saroj Baiga flanked by former BJP MLA, Lallu Singh, Shahdol municipality chairman, Satyabhama Gupta and its vice-president, Praveen Sharma told reporters on Saturday that no virginity test was conducted on her.

In their complaints, both the beneficiaries of Kanyadan Yojana had charged the three officials, including then district Collector Ajit Kumar, of forcibly conducting tests on them using the ‘per vaginum examination’ method.