It really is a good thing for the society that the youth are coming forward to oppose an ill-practice that determines the virginity of a bride on the wedding night. 'Stop the V ritual' is indeed a progressive initiative by the youth of Pune to spread awareness about the panchayat conducting "virginity tests" of brides on the "first night" of marriage.
The initiative, however, did not go down too well with some members of the Kanjarbhat community. Three men were allegedly beaten up by members of their own community for opposing the practice of determining the virginity of a bride. The trio, who are part of a WhatsApp group called 'Stop the V Ritual', were beaten up by around 40 members of their community on Sunday night.
Some members of the community are reportedly miffed with the campaign. Members of the WhatsApp group have filed a complaint against the "virginity test" practice. Its founder, Vivek Tamaichekar, told ANI that this was against Article 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution.
Tamaichekar said that people follow the ritual as it has become part of the tradition in the community.
"We are protesting against that by spreading awareness," he added.
According to the custom, prevalent in Kanjarbhat community, the village panchayat spreads a white-bed sheet on the first wedding night of a couple; if the sheet is found stained with red colour, then the woman passes the test otherwise the same is accused of having a physical relationship prior to her marriage, said reports. The shocking part is that it was done without the consent of the woman.