Mumbai, October 17: A woman in Pune was denied entry into a dandiya event on Monday because she had refused to undergo a virginity test before her marriage. According to reports, the woman, Aishwarya Tamaichikar, had protested against the mandatory virginity test that women are made to undergo before marriage, and was, therefore, boycotted by the Kanjarbhat Community. The woman has filed a complaint in the Pimpri police station. Navratri 2018: Stop Worshipping Maa Durga During Navaratri If You Cannot Respect Women The Rest of Your Life.
"I've filed a police complaint in Pimpri-Chinchwad after members of my community didn't allow me to participate in Navratri dandiya. I was told that I had brought a bad name to Kanjarbhat community for opposing the virginity test which is common in our community," Aishwarya said as quoted by ANI.
Filed a police complaint in Pimpri-Chinchawad after members of my community didn't allow me to participate in Navratri dandiya.I was told that I had brought a bad name to Kanjarbhat community for opposing the virginity test which is common in our community:Aishwarya Tamaichikar pic.twitter.com/vDGPfZ8NqGAlso Read | Pune: 4 Army Personnel Booked for Molesting, Raping a Speech Impaired Woman in Hospital Premises
— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2018
Her husband Vivek, who has stood by her side all through, said, "We protested against ritual of virginity test which is still prevalent in Kanjarbhat community. Due to this, my wife was boycotted from taking part in cultural programs in by the community. This is unconstitutional."
The police have registered a case under the Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016. "She had complained that because she had opposed virginity test prevalent in Kanjarbhat community she was not allowed to take part in Dandiya celebrations. An FIR has been registered, an investigation will be conducted into the incident," said the DCP of Pimpri-Chinchwad.