Pharma Pathway Big Impact : After backlash, IGIMS Patna removes 'virgin' from form

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Unmarried Word replaces virgin in declaration form

After facing backlash from several counters, including Central and state government, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) Patna has removed the word ‘virgin’ from its ‘Declaration of Marital Status’ form. It issued new form.

Out of three such declarations, one read as: “That I am bachelor/widower/virgin.”

The college medical superintendent Manish Mandal, however, clarified the same and said the term ‘virgin’ does not have anything to do with virginity, but with marital status.

         IGIMS Patna has now removed the word ‘virgin’ from its ‘Declaration of Marital Status’ form.

Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey also defended the college and said ‘virgin’ just means unmarried and there is nothing objectionable in it being written in the form.

“The word which is used is ‘virgin’. It means unmarried girl, maiden. I don’t think these words are objectionable. But, still this issue is being raised. I had a word with the officials of the IGIMS. They said that this is the format of AIIMS and since 1983, it is being used in every organisation of the country,” Pandey told .

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences has replaced the word, ‘virgin’, with ‘unmarried’ in the new form.

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