At last, common sense has triumphed (in Jordan, naturally) and a fatwa has been issued that is to the benefit of women:
The Jordanian Committee of Religious Decrees and Islamic Studies said that such examinations were haram, or prohibited under Islamic law, [and that] such examinations were a form of abuse against women.
“We view this practice as a degrading treatment for women and one which violates women’s rights to physical integrity and privacy,” Nadya Khalife, a women’s rights researcher with Human Rights Watch told The Media Line. “I’m happy to note that the Council finds this practice humiliating,” she said, adding that the rights group also sees the practice as inherently discriminatory. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
Mumin Al-Hadidi, the head of Jordan’s National Center for Forensic Medicine, conducted approximately 150 “virginity examinations” a year and said checks should be restricted to requests by the court in rape trials:
It’s reached the situation where many people won’t get married unless they are certain the women’s hymen is intact. I’m against checking a woman’s virginity before marriage, because it damages the women’s dignity and casts doubt on her honor.