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Bangladesh Court Removes ‘Virgin’ Word From Marriage Form

Women’s Rights groups in Bangladesh have welcomed a court ruling Sunday that removes the requirement for females to declare if they are virgins when getting married, the BBC has reported.

The declaration was part of  marriage registration forms.

According to the BBC,  the high court ordered that “virgin” be replaced with “unmarried”.

The other two options on the form – “widow” and “divorced” – remain unchanged.

Women’s rights groups  had argued the word “virgin” was humiliating.

In a separate ruling, the court required grooms to state whether they are unmarried, divorced or widowed.

The changes are expected to come into force in a few months when the full court verdict is officially published, it was reported.

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