After row, IGIMS Patna drops ‘virgin’ from marriage declaration form

Reacting to the controversy earlier today, Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey had insisted that there was nothing objectionable to the term as it translated to 'unmarried girl'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 3, 2017 2:48 pm
IGIMS, IGIMS marital status declaration form, marital status, medical institution, virgin, Mangal Pandey, India news, Indian Express The new marital status declaration form issued by IGIMS has removed the ‘virgin’ option. (Source: ANI)

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna deleted the word ‘virgin’ from its marital declaration form on Thursday, a day after the issue was reported and led to controversy. The medical institute has drafted and issued a new form now, reported news agency ANI.

On Wednesday, IGIMS’s marriage declaration form was brought to light in which the institute sought details on its employees’ virginity and marriages. In its form, it asked whether workers were married, how many wives they had, or if they were widowed or bachelors.

Reacting to the controversy earlier today, Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey had insisted that there was nothing objectionable to the term as it translated to ‘unmarried girl’. He had said, “The word which is used is ‘virgin’. It means kanya, kunwaari… (unmarried girl, maiden). I don’t think these words are objectionable. But still this issue is being raised. I had a word with the officials of the IGIMS. They said this is the format of AIIMS and since 1983, it is being used in every organisation of the country,” reported ANI.

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Meanwhile, Manish Mandal, Medical Superintendent at IGIMS, when questioned on the form had said, “IGIMS follows AIIMS which in turn follows CCS rules. Form is according to prescribed rules. Virgin doesn’t have anything to do with virginity but marital status. If a person joins in&then dies who would be claimant? Rules are made by the government and the Constitution. If they change the word, we will change it too.”

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    Logic Induction
    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm
    Backward society bigoted at ude !
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    sharma
    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm
    THIS NEWS REPORT IS GIVING A WRONG IMPRESSION. AS STATED THIS IS AN OLD PRINT USED SINCE 1983 AS ONE OF THE MINDLESS FORMS FILLED UP IN ALL GOVT RUN ORGS. YOU ARE AT LIBERTY TO BE HONEST OR DISHONEST. I MEAN THERE CANNOT BE A VIGILANCE VERIFICATION FOR THIS OFFENDING WORD. ALSO IF YOU SEE THE FORM ( SEE HINDUSTAN TIMES) YOU CAN MAKE OUT IT IS A ENGLISH ANUWAD OF A HINDI FORM AND EVEN THE WORD BACHELOR IS SPELT WRONGLY . SO SIMLE FOR THE BECHARA WHO IS FILLING THE FORM AND DON'T MAKE IT SOUND AS IF IT HAPPENED ONLY BECAUSE LALUJI IS NOT THERE TO TAKE CARE OF BIHAR!!! YOUR BIAS IS SHOWING AND YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR IS MISSING.
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    Bharat Maa
    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    the uneducated of BJP does not even know difference between virgen and marital status. no wonder why things are messy everywhere in India.
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