Calls For Virginity Repair Surgery To Be Banned


Calls For Virginity Repair Surgery To Be Banned

Campaigners are urging the government to outlaw “virginity repair” surgery.

Many Muslim women risk being outcast, or in extreme cases killed, if their spouses or families discover they have had sex before marriage.

And some are opting for a medical procedure in which doctors restore a layer of membrane at the entrance to the vagina.

But there are concerns a ban would increase the dangers to Muslim women by driving the procedure underground.

Guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC) state a patient’s consent to undergo a procedure should come into question if it is suspected of being “given under pressure or duress exerted by another person”.

‘Living in fear’

Halaleh Taheri, founder of Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation told BBC News of a Moroccan student in hiding in London after being told her father had hired someone to murder her.

After coming to the UK in 2014 to study, the woman, now 26, had met a man and they had moved in together.

But when her father had found out about their relationship, he had demanded she return to Morocco, where he had taken her to a clinic for a “virginity test” and discovered her hymen was no longer intact.

Calls For Virginity Repair Surgery To Be Banned

She fled back to London but now lives in constant fear her father will find out where she lived.

A Moroccan-born assistant teacher, 40, told the BBC that after being forced to go through with the procedure in her 20s, she could not imagine pressuring her children into doing the same.

“I would never, ever do such a thing to them. I try to teach them to be free.”

Wedding night

There are currently at least 22 private clinics across the UK offering hymen-repair surgery.

They charge up to £3,000 for the surgery, which takes about an hour.

Women’s rights campaigners say that such clinics are profiting from Muslims afraid of what could happen to them if they are not “pure” for their wedding night.

And many detail the procedure on their websites, with London’s Gynae Centre telling women who visit its site “some marriages are even annulled” when a husband discovers his wife’s hymen has been broken.

BBC News contacted the clinic for comment but has not received a response.

‘Dreadful practice’

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he would be investigating ways to end this “dreadful practice,” but the Department of Health declined to comment on how a potential ban would be enforced.

But Miss Taheri said: “Girls could end up dying if banning this procedure isn’t done with proper care.”

Calls For Virginity Repair Surgery To Be Banned

Dr Khalid Khan, professor of Women’s Health at Barts and the London School of Medicine, who has witnessed the procedure first hand, said a ban “isn’t an appropriate response”.

And as long as “good quality information” was made available to patients, the decision should be left up to individual women.

“I believe doctors’ motives are genuinely for protection against abuse,” he added.

‘Zero benefit’

However, Dr Naomi Crouch, who chairs the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, worries about women and girls being coerced into a procedure with “zero medical benefit”.

“The duties of a doctor are made clear in standards set out by the GMC,” she said.

“We as healthcare professions are bound by an oath to do no harm to patients and any reputable service engaging in these procedures is open to audit and scrutiny.”

Colin Melville, medical director and director of education and standards at the GMC said that it’s vital that doctors consider the “vulnerabilities and psychological needs of their patients” first.

“If a patient is under undue pressure from others to take a particular course, their consent may not be voluntary. If a doctor judges that a child or young person does not want a cosmetic intervention, it should not be performed,” he said.

Australian Open Novak Djokovic To Face Milos Raonic In Quarter-Finals

Other cosmetic genital procedures, such as labiaplasty, which involves the lips of the vagina being shortened or reshaped, have become increasingly popular, especially among younger women, from all types of background in the UK.

And campaigners say there is little known about the long-term effects of these procedures and are concerned women are not receiving enough psychological support before opting for surgery.

Miss Taheri said: “These women on some level don’t see themselves as anything more than an object to be desired, rather a human being.

“For Muslim women, the drive is feelings of shame and the fear of punishment.

“For others, it is down to a lack of satisfaction with their own bodies, being fuelled by what society is telling them is normal.”

Calls For Virginity Repair Surgery To Be Banned


  1. Whats Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads. I’m hoping to give a contribution & help different users like its helped me. Great job.

  2. An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little evaluation on this. And also he as a matter of fact acquired me breakfast because I found it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! Yet yeah Thnkx for investing the time to review this, I really feel strongly regarding it as well as like finding out more on this subject. Ideally, as you become competence, would you mind upgrading your blog site with more information? It is highly valuable for me. Big thumb up for this post!

  3. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my visitors would value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

  5. I have been surfing online more than three hours today, but I by no means discovered any fascinating article like yours. It’s beautiful worth sufficient for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you did, the internet can be a lot more useful than ever before.

  6. I like what you guys are up too. Such intelligent work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my website 🙂

  7. Good info and straight to the point. I don’t know if this is actually the best place to ask but do you folks have any thoughts on where to hire some professional writers? Thank you 🙂

  8. I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours these days, yet I never found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It is lovely worth sufficient for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content material as you probably did, the internet can be a lot more useful than ever before.

  9. I’m so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.

  10. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve learn this put up and if I may just I want to counsel you few interesting things or advice. Maybe you could write subsequent articles regarding this article. I wish to learn even more issues approximately it!

  11. Aw, this was a truly nice message. In idea I would love to place in composing like this in addition? taking time as well as actual effort to make an excellent write-up? but what can I claim? I put things off alot and by no means seem to obtain something done.

  12. There are definitely a lot of particulars like that to take into consideration. That is a great level to deliver up. I offer the thoughts above as basic inspiration but clearly there are questions just like the one you convey up where the most important factor can be working in trustworthy good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I’m certain that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Both girls and boys feel the influence of only a moment’s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

  13. Can I just state what a relief to find somebody that in fact knows what theyre speaking about on the internet. You most definitely know just how to bring a problem to light and make it crucial. More individuals require to read this and recognize this side of the tale. I angle believe youre not much more popular due to the fact that you certainly have the present.

  14. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  15. Fantastic beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  16. Thanks for your strategies. One thing I’ve got noticed is that often banks in addition to financial institutions have in mind the spending habits of consumers and also understand that many people max out and about their real credit cards around the vacations. They sensibly take advantage of this particular fact and start flooding ones inbox along with snail-mail box having hundreds of no interest APR credit card offers soon after the holiday season ends. Knowing that if you’re like 98 of the American community, you’ll leap at the possible opportunity to consolidate credit card debt and move balances towards 0 interest rate credit cards.

  17. We’re a gaggle of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community. Your site offered us with helpful info to work on. You’ve performed a formidable job and our whole neighborhood will probably be thankful to you.

  18. I simply wanted to construct a note to be able to express gratitude to you for the unique advice you are showing on this site. My incredibly long internet search has now been rewarded with reliable strategies to write about with my family members. I ‘d say that we website visitors are definitely fortunate to dwell in a fine network with many lovely people with very helpful suggestions. I feel very privileged to have discovered your website and look forward to really more excellent minutes reading here. Thanks once again for a lot of things.

  19. Just about all of what you say happens to be astonishingly legitimate and it makes me ponder the reason why I had not looked at this with this light before. This particular article really did turn the light on for me as far as this subject matter goes. But there is actually just one position I am not too comfy with and whilst I attempt to reconcile that with the actual core idea of the position, let me observe just what all the rest of the readers have to point out.Very well done.

  20. Superb blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Thank you!

  21. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It will always be useful to read through content from other authors and practice a little something from other sites.

  22. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I in finding It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to provide one thing again and aid others such as you aided me.

  23. Just now you can branch out from your daily understanding. The best thing you can do is become relevant with yourself and faithful with your own morals. Generally this will lead to a mistaken and unproductive life.

  24. I discovered your website internet site online and check a couple of your early posts. Always keep inside the excellent operate. I just additional your Rss to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading far more from you finding out down the road!…

  25. I am glad to read this post, it’s an impressive piece. I am always looking for quality posts and articles and this is what I found here, I hope you will be posting more in future.

  26. I have been browsing on-line greater than three hours nowadays, but I by no means found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It is lovely worth sufficient for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content as you probably did, the internet shall be a lot more helpful than ever before.

  27. What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively useful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist other users like its aided me. Good job.

  28. I’ve been browsing online greater than 3 hours nowadays, but I by no means found any fascinating article like yours. It¡¦s beautiful worth enough for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made excellent content as you probably did, the net will probably be a lot more useful than ever before.

  29. I have to express my admiration for your generosity giving support to women who require guidance on this important field. Your real dedication to passing the solution along appeared to be wonderfully powerful and has constantly allowed men and women just like me to get to their ambitions. Your new warm and helpful information entails a lot to me and a whole lot more to my office workers. Thank you; from all of us.

  30. After research a few of the blog posts on your web site currently, and also I genuinely like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my book marking web site checklist and also will certainly be inspecting back quickly. Pls check out my website also and let me recognize what you think.

  31. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any suggestions for newbie blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here