Jan. 5 (UPI) — A provincial Pakistani courtroom dominated {that a} so-called virginity take a look at has “no medical foundation” and outlawed the apply on sexual assault victims.

The ruling late Monday by the Lahore Excessive Court docket in Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province by inhabitants, was the primary of its sort within the nation banning the apply.

In some areas in Pakistan, the take a look at is carried out on rape victims, carried out earlier than marriage and generally to even assess employment necessities. The invasive process contains inspecting the hymen or inserting two fingers into the vagina underneath the idea such strategies can decide if a feminine is a virgin.

The courtroom dominated the exams “offends the non-public dignity of the feminine sufferer and due to this fact is in opposition to the appropriate to life and proper to dignity.”

Justice Ayesha A. Malik known as the exams “a humiliating apply” that solely serves to “forged suspicion on the sufferer, versus specializing in the accused and the incident of sexual violence.”

Premarital intercourse is against the law in Pakistan, however the nation additionally suffers from excessive charges or rape, sexual assault and different gender violence akin to so-called “honor killings,” human rights teams have argued.

In 2018, the a number of United Nations companies and the World Well being Group known as for a halt to such exams, declaring that not less than 20 international locations nonetheless legalize some type of the virginity exams and saying it has no medical worth.