Jaipur: Girls are more afraid of marriage than they are excited about it. There is deeply-rooted taboo around her virginity. However, the hymen of a female is not only broken by sex. There are numerous ways to break it, including jumping, cycling, and using tampons.
Sadly, even today, some people associate hymen rupture with sex. Similar people can be found in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.
The bride must undergo a virginity test HERE
Brides in the Sansi society must pass a virginity test. They are not only beaten up if they fail the test, but they are also fined. They must also go through two ordeals to prove their purity. The kukdi system is the name given to the virginity test. This is something that every bride must go through.
The girl must demonstrate her purity on a white sheet
When the girl enters the room after marriage, her mother-in-law and sister-in-law search her for a pin or red colour. Following that, a white sheet is placed in the honeycomb’s room. The blood mark on the sheet is shown to the people of the society after they form a relationship. This demonstrates the girl’s innocence. If no blood is found on the sheet, the husband exclaims that his wife is without personality. Following this, the in-laws stripped the girl naked and demanded the name of her friend. The following day, a Panchayat is held.
If purity cannot be demonstrated, an ordeal must be performed
The Panch summons the girl’s family members and fines them lakhs of rupees. The girl must demonstrate her sanity in order to avoid the fine. She gets two chances. The girl is forced to stand in a pond or a river in the first ordeal. A villager takes 100 steps. Until then, the girl must stand there holding her breath. If she is unable to do so, she is not pure. The fine must be paid by the parents.
In the second ordeal, to prove purity, the bride has to hold a peepal leaf in her hand and a hot tawa is placed over it. If the hand gets burnt, then the girl is declared characterless. Her family has to compensate for this. That is, a fixed fine has to be paid. It is also said that even if the girl passes in both the examinations, the parents have to pay half the fine.