A teenage bride has been forced to take virginity test commit suicide after her husband disbelieve the test and demanded for second wife.
Rajabbi Khurshed, 18, committed suicide 40 days after her arranged marriage to Zafar Pirov, 24.
The bride even passed a government-required prenuptial exam – including a virginity test. But her husband demanded two more tests, both of which she passed and both of which he did not believe, before casting her out.
Speaking to Radio Free Europe, Khurshed’s family – who arranged the coupling – said their daughter told them on her deathbed that she had felt under massive pressure to accept Pirov’s demands for a second wife and ‘couldn’t take it any longer’.
Rajabbi Khurshed, 18, pictured right, killed herself by drinking a lethal dose of vinegar 40 days after her wedding to 24-year-old Zafar Pirov, pictured left, who she had never met before the arranged marriage
Virginity tests for women before marriages are common in Tajikistan, where casual sex is deemed socially unacceptable. Pictured: Rajabbi Khurshed
Kurshed’s mother Fazila Mirzoeva said her daughter, pictured, from the village of Chorbogh, had never had a boyfriend and had never had sex with anyone
But in his defence, Pirov said: ‘My wife gave me a written statement that she allows me to get a second wife because she wasn’t a virgin when we got married.’Kurshed’s mother Fazila Mirzoeva claimed that their daughter became victim of ‘slander and violence’ and pleaded to the country’s president, Emomali Rahmon, for help.
Her mother daid that her daughter never had a boyfriend and had never had sex with anyone before the marriage.
She further added that she had dropped out of school to help care for her two disabled brothers.
Pirov will face eight years in jail if found guilty of driving Kurshed to suicide.
Pictured: Emomali Rahmon, the president of Tajikistan, who Kurshed’s family have appealed to over the ‘slander and violence’ their daughter experienced
In Tajikistan, virginity tests for women before marriages are common , where casual sex is deemed socially unacceptable.
As of 2015, the test is compulsory for both men and women to undergo medical check-ups before a wedding, but for women this often includes a test of ‘purity’.
Despite Kurshed passing this test and obtaining a doctor’s certificate of her virginity – as well as passing the two other tests – Pirov continued to press his bride and demanded she reveal the ‘truth’.
Her husband even clear his desire to bring a second wife into home just two weeks later.
There have been close to 600 court cases concerning virginity disputes in Tajikistan since 2014.