A Bihar Medical College Asks New Employees About Their Virginity

2:00 pm 3 Aug, 2017

As per a recent report, a government medical institute in Patna asked some weird questions from its new employees in the employment form. The new employees must declare their “virginity” and also the “number of wives” they ever had. Yeah, that’s true!

That’s the form issued by the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), which first asks its employees to declare “That I am a bechelor/widower/virgin (sic)”. In the other case the employees have to declare if “I am married and have only one wife living/married to a person who has no other wife living” else he or she “[is] married and have more than one wife/married to a person who has another wife living”. The form is an essential part of the joining procedure for new doctors and staff.

The employee form


The institute cum hospital was established in 1983, “on the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) of New Delhi”. It is is one of the biggest healthcare institutions in the State and the only super-specialty institute of Bihar. IGIMS was recently in the news for refusing to provide a stretcher to the parents of a dead child who was to be taken by them to the ambulance.

An official states in the report,

If changes are required in the form it can only be done at the government level.

He further mentioned that a few doctors and staff felt “embarrassed” over the questionnaire. “How can it be asked whether a person is virgin or not… it’s also an attack on one’s privacy,” said a junior-level doctor, as mentioned in the report.


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