by Hans Johnson

In India, where the giving of dowries is still a widespread custom, the government often holds mass weddings for poor women. Recently in the village of Harad in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, more than 450 women are said to have been given virginity tests prior to the ceremony to screen out married women trying to commit fraud. Around ten (nine of whom were pregnant) didn’t “qualify.” They had their registrations removed and were forced to return their gifts (totaling about 100 British pounds) to the government:


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