Bihar Health Minister's Foot In The Mouth Moment, Says 'Virgin' Means 'Unmarried'!

The employees of IGIMS face the million dollar question of declaring their virginity status.

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Virgin means unmarried girl.

Said no sane, learned person because hey, we all know what it means and of course we can look up the dictionary when have any confusion about it!

But I was wronged by Mangal Pandey (Eiy, not that historical figure, da!). Mr. Mangal Pandey, Health Minister of Bihar, I mean.

As if his unapologetic comment wasn’t enough, he has now made it mandatory for employees to declare their virginity in the marriage declaration form at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Patna!

 Source: hindustantimes

Pandey ji (Yes, the sire gets my respect!) in fact adds that it is absolutely not objectionable as he had looked the term ‘virgin’ and it translated to ‘unmarried girl’. Someone please get me this dictionary or whatever it was that Pandey ji used!

The form completely invades your veil of privacy and asks you if you’re a bachelor, widower or married with one wife.

 “The word which is used is ‘virgin’. It means kanya, kunwaari… (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 this is the format of AIIMS and since 1983, it is being used in every organisation of the country,” Pandey was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

When questioned about the marriage declaration form, Manish Mandal, Medical Superintendent at IGIMS , had said, “IGIMS follows AIIMS which in turn follows CCS rules. Form is according to prescribed rules.” Funnily, the Nurses Union member denied of any such rules in AIIMS.

Mandal had added, “Virgin doesn’t have anything to do with virginity but marital status. If a person joins in and then dies who would be claimant? Rules are made by the government and the Constitution. If they change the word, we will change it too.”

Mandal had, however, conceded that the use of “virgin” could have been avoided. He said the Central Services Rules have a provision that when a person joins a job and dies soon after, there may be a “boyfriend or girlfriend who can turn up with claim to get the job on compensatory grounds’’.


Soon after the being criticised and trolled, IGIMS quickly changed the format of the form.

 Source: deccanchronicle

Information source: indianexpress

Title image: timesofindia

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