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PTI pune India
Updated: 03-01-2019 23:39 IST

The Maharashtra Andhashraddha

Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) Thursday demanded action against some

members of the Kanjarbhat community here who were allegedly

seen in a video asking a newly-married man the outcome of the

bride's `virginity test'.

A delegation of the MANS, an anti-superstition outfit

founded by the late Narendra Dabholkar, met Maharashtra Social

Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole and sought action.

An old custom of the Kanjarbhat community where the

bride has to prove on the wedding night that she is virgin has

come under criticism from progressive sections of that

community as well as social activists.

A video showing members of the Kanjarbhat 'jaat

panchayat' (community's representative body) asking the groom

the outcome of the virginity test and whether he was

"satisfied" went viral on social media recently.

Nandini Jadhav, executive president of the MANS, said

the groom in this case, son of a former corporator (rpt

corporator), has studied abroad while the bride too is an

architect and daughter of a retired police officer.

"We met the minister who was in the city and demanded

that the government take action on its own against this

regressive practise," she said.

Badole promised that action will be taken, she said.

"We will also approach the police tomorrow," she


While neither the groom nor the bride in this case

have taken objection to the custom, around 40 youngsters from

the community have formed a group -- `Stop The V-Ritual' --

and are carrying on a campaign on social media against the

regressive practise.

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