GUJARAT (Web Desk) – A rape survivor in the Indian state of Gujarat has been asked to undergo a ‘purity test’ that involves balancing an 88-pound stone on her head before she can live with her husband again.
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Both the husband and wife wish to live together again, but she isn’t allowed to unless she passes the purity test, VICE News reported.
The test is called ‘agnipariksha,’ meaning ‘test of fire, which is an Indian cultural tradition in which a married woman who has been abused has to prove her chastity to be accepted by the society.
Following the rape, the woman was reportedly denied an abortion and then forced to give up the child to the government.