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South African mayor awards scholarships to virgin women

Source: ANI
January 25, 2016 15:05 IST
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Keep your virginity and get awarded.

 Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch University, South Africa, October 23, 2015

Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch University, South Africa, October 23, 2015. Photograph: Mike Hutchings / Reuters

There's a new scheme that awards scholarships to virgin women in South Africa.

Under the scheme a South African mayor has awarded scholarships to 16 young women for remaining virgin till they complete their studies.

The scholarship has been introduced this year to encourage others to be "pure and focus on school", and has been awarded to young women from the Uthukela district in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, reports News.com.au.

The young women, who applied for the scholarships voluntarily, stayed virgins and agreed to have regular virginity tests to keep their funding, Uthukela Mayor Dudu Mazibuko told in an interview.

South Africa's department of basic education recorded about 20,000 pregnancies among girls and young women in schools in 2014, with 223 pregnant girls still in primary school, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Though some activists have called for the banning of virginity testing in South Africa, the mayor said that it is constitutional if tested with consent.

Those defending the cultural practice say that it preserves tradition and has been modernised to teach girls about their reproductive health and HIV and AIDS.

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Source: ANI