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August 22, 2013

Netizens denounce Indonesia 'virginity tests' plan

Local official's proposal draws condemnation from social media and Indonesian government.

Students study during a science class at an Islamic school in Jakarta, Indonesia.(Ed Wray/Getty Images)
Twitter users around the world were outraged by recent reports of an Indonesian education official's plan for female high school students to undergo so-called "virginity tests". 
The Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday that Muhammad Rasyid, who heads a district education office in South Sumatra, proposed the tests to "discourage premarital sex" and "protect against prostitution". Other Indonesian officials, however, have condemned the plan, including Indonesia's Education Minister, who called it a violation of common principles.
Here are some reactions from Twitter after news of the plan broke: