‘Virgin’ means unmarried, says Bihar Minister over marital status form row

Mangal Pandey

Patna (Bihar), August 3: As soon the controversy sparked over the Patna’s Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) marital status declaration form, asking if the person is a “bachelor/widower/virgin”, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey on Thursday cleared his stand saying that ‘virgin’ just means unmarried and there is nothing objectionable in it being written in the form.

“The word which is used is ‘virgin’. It means unmarried girl, maiden. I don’t think these words are not objectionable. But still this issue is being raised. I had a word with the officials of the IGIMS. They said that this is the format of AIIMS and since 1983, it is being used in every organisation of the country,” Pandey told ANI.

He also stated that the declaration has been being used for 34 years the same way.

It was also reported that the IGIMS has asked its employees to declare their virginity and number of wives in a marital status declaration form.

Among the three such declarations, one reads as: “That I am bachelor/widower/virgin.”

The college medical superintendent Manish Mandal also clarified ANI the same and said the term ‘virgin’ does not have anything to do with virginity, but with marital status.

Wefornews Bureau

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