Female candidates for the Indonesian armed forces attending a medical check-up at the Diponegoro Military Command Headquarters in Semarang, Central Java, in 2014. The selection includes a virginity test. Photo: Alamy

Virginity tests put Indonesian women off military service; often performed by men, they are seen as degrading

Despite Indonesia’s police force ending virginity tests on female applicants last year, the armed forces still perform the invasive procedure in a country where only 5 per cent of active soldiers and police officers are female

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Female candidates for the Indonesian armed forces attending a medical check-up at the Diponegoro Military Command Headquarters in Semarang, Central Java, in 2014. The selection includes a virginity test. Photo: Alamy
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