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Byagul Nurmyradova, who is known for introducing a new requirement, pursuant to which all females, regardless of ethnicity, are obliged to wear balaks – national Turkmen trousers, has made another weird move. As soon as high-ranking Turkmen authorities had initiated discussions about the need to develop youth policy, she came up with a proposal to persecute healthcare practitioners performing hymenorrhaphy (hymen reconstruction surgery) up to criminal responsibility for medical professionals.
Ms Nurmyradova was not precarious and, as we are informed, offered her arguments to the Turkmen president. Following her initiative healthcare practitioners carried out check-ups and identified that “not all female senior graders turned out to be virgins”.
According to Turkmen customs (and not only Turkmen), girls are supposed to come to their wedding as virgins. The ritual of checking bed linen after the wedding night still exists.
Medical doctors offer their assistance to young females, who lost their virginity before marriage. Even nowadays Hymen reconstruction surgery is performed illegally outside licensed healthcare facilities. Thissurgerycosts $400 andabove. In any women’s health clinics females can be referred to the place which they can contact with a “sensitive” issue.
For this reason, as viewed by the female official, Turkmen women behave improperly since they are aware that all sins can be corrected.
However, we are urged to ask B. Nurmyradova: Is it doctors who are to be blamed?
Healthcare practitioners are not held accountable that virginity has also become merchandise in the country where everything is sold and bought. There are fixed fees. Wealthy Turkmen residents pay $1500 to spend the night with a virgin.
The conduct Byagul Nurmyradova, Deputy Prime Minister overseeing culture (!), demonstrated by initiating medical check-ups among female senior graders, suggests that this lady lacks ethics and morals.