08.20.134:47 PM ET

Virginity Tests Proposed in Indonesia

To protect against prostitution—and discourage premarital sex.

Well, hopefully this will be the end of it. Indonesian officials on Tuesday dismissed a proposal by an education official that female students should undergo virginity tests to prevent prostitution—and to discourage regular premarital sex. Sumatran provincial education chief Widodo said Tuesday that he would try to persuade local education official Muhammad Rasyid not to implement his plan, with Widodo saying, “There are many more important and useful things that need to be cared for rather than such a test.” In Jakarta, Aris Merdeka Sirait of the National Commission for Child Protection said he “strongly opposed” such an “excessive move”—and said it had been made “just for popularity.”