Arranged-marriage bride 18 killed herself 'after husband refutes virginity test results'

Dunia Dalam Berita |
A man has been charged because driving his wife to suicide over claims he forced her to take repeated virginity tests and then refused to believe the results and demanded a second bride.

Rajabbi Khurshed , 18 , took a lethal dose of vinegar 40 days after her arranged marriage to 24-year-old Zafar Pirov , in Tajikistan.
Ms Khurshed's devastated family say Pirov demanded a second bride as he refused to believe she was virgin - despite numerous humiliating virginity tests.

Despite her passing a government-required prenuptial exam - including a virginity test - Pirov admits he took his bride for a further two tests , both of which she passed and both of which he did not believe , before casting her out.

Khurshed's family - who arranged the coupling - told Radio Free Europe their daughter told them on her deathbed that she had felt pressured to accept Pirov's demands for a second wife and 'couldn't take it any longer'.

But Pirov - who faces eight years in jail if found guilty of driving Kurshed to suicide - claimed: "My wife gave me a written statement that she allows me to get a second wife because she wasn't a virgin when we got married."
Kurshed's mother Fazila Mirzoeva said her daughter had been a victim of "slander and violence" and she had never had a boyfriend or had sex with anyone.

She also said she the teen had dropped out of school to help care for her two disabled brothers.

Mrs Mirzoeva , from the village of Chorbogh , has now appealed to the country's president , Emomali Rahmon , for help.

For women virginity tests before marriages are common in Tajikistan , where casual sex is deemed socially unacceptable.

From 2015 , the government made it compulsory for both men and women to undergo medical check-ups before a wedding in an apparent bid to stop relatives from marrying.

For women this often included a test of 'purity.'

There have been close to 600 court cases concerning virginity disputes in Tajikistan since 2014.