The woman was then ordered to surrender her baby to the government and undergo a ‘sanctity test’, known as Agnipariksha. The test involved the r)pe victim balancing a 40kg rock on her head in order to ‘prove her purity’ and be allowed to live with her husband again.
Agnipariksha means ‘test of fire’ and is believed to cleanse suffers of se&ual assaults after their virtue has been tainted. The cultural Hindu tradition originates from the poem Ramayana, where a Hindu woman, Sita, is ordered to sit on fire following her kidnap by a suitor.
The woman became pregnant as a result of the r0pe but was denied an abortion by Gujarat High Court in India. If she passes this “sanctity test,” she would be able to live with her husband again.
The “test of fire” is the traditional way in some areas of India to prove virtue because of the view that a rape victim is considered to be “tainted.” The origins of the test is found in the Hindu poem Ramayana, in which Sita was made to sit in the fire after she had been kidnapped by a suitor.
The continued use of this practice is a disgrace to India and a shocking degradation for women.