Virgins offended by remark

2009-12-30 00:00

A WOMAN from Jika Joe settlement is to pay three goats as compensation to a group of young girls from the area who practise virginity testing, after she and her daughter apparently insulted one of the girls, accusing her of “sleeping around”.

The girls, popularly known as Nomkhubulwana, packed the police station in Jabu Ndlovu Street yesterday to lay a charge of crimen injuria against the mother and her daughter.

They said they had taken offence at the woman’s remark that one of the girls, who is 14 years old, was “loose” and no longer a virgin because they suspected her of sleeping with the daughter’s boyfriend.

However, the crimen injuria charge was withdrawn after the parties reached an agreement at the station that the woman will pay three goats as compensation to “cleanse” the girls and their mothers of the insults.

Nomusa Gwala, the mother of the 14-year-old, said that on Christmas Day her daughter and her friends were walking in the area when the woman and her daughter started insulting her daughter.

“The two insulted my daughter, saying her virginity testing was a joke because ‘she was done’ [no longer a virgin]. They said they had seen [my daughter] at the other girl’s boyfriend’s house. They said even the testers were also a joke because they had not seen that she was no longer a virgin.”

Gwala said she and her daughter felt very offended and they decided to call Nomagugu Ngobese (one of the testers) to conduct a virginity test the following day.

She found that the girl was still a virgin, Gwala said.

“She was tested again and it was clear that she was still a virgin and so we decided to report the matter to the police as they had defamed her.”

Gwala said the woman agreed to pay three goats as compensation for her remarks.

“Even then, we were very lenient towards her. Because of the nature of her remarks, she should have paid cows as compensation.”

Gwala said the mother of the girl who insulted her daughter looks down on virginity testing.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that the parties involved had managed to resolve the matter between themselves and that no charges were brought.

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