Lara Marlowe reports from Paris on the overturning of a ruling by a Lille court that caused public uproar. The bridegroom, identified only as Monsieur X, and the bride, Madame Y, were married in the northern town of Mons-en-Baroeul, near Lille, in July He is a computer programmer in his early 30s. She is a nurse in her early 20s. Both are Muslims of Moroccan origin. On the wedding night, Monsieur X discovered that Madame Y had lied when she told him she was a virgin.
Losing my virginity as a young Muslim woman | SBS Life
Marc Abecassis, who does two to four hymen restorations a week, speaks with a patient in Paris, France. Hymenoplasty, the surgical reconstruction of the hymen broken during a women's first experience of intercourse, or, increasingly, during demanding exercise or as a result of a collision or fall by women who've never had sex, has prompted a growing number of young betrothed women in France to make a last-ditch attempt to avoid the humiliation, repudiation, and possibly violence that could result from husbands and families discovering from blood-free bridal sheets that their wedding night had not been their first sexual experience. Though the decision made no mention of religion, the fact that the couple were Muslim sparked complaints that France's strictly secular state is being undermined by traditional Arab cultural strictures. The court ruling also infuriated feminists, who saw its acceptance of prior sexual experience as grounds for annulment as tantamount to treating marriage as the equivalent of a commercial transaction in which the buyer had discovered a hidden flaw in his purchase. Many Muslim leaders were also outraged, insisting that Islam does not demand virginity as a precondition for marriage, and claimed that the ruling belied the judge's archaic misunderstanding of the faith and its tenets. Though an appeal by France's Justice Ministry resulted in the Lille ruling being overturned, the storm it provoked has focused media attention on young Muslim women who turn to hymenoplasty to avoid the fate of the repudiated Lille bride. News reports have featured traumatized patients discussing the reaction they'd have faced on their wedding night or following virginity examinations frequently required prior to traditional marriages.
PDF version. The age range of the 12 females attending University of Jordan Hospital in Amman was 35 days to 28 years. Gynaecology interventions included the use of a vaginoscope, circular resection of the hymen in cases of congenital imperforate hymen, evacuation of perineal abscess and evaluation of a torn hymen. Abder-Rahman: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.
I lose my virginity in a way that surprises even me. It is unassuming. Comes without dilemma and as naturally as the break of dawn. It is easy. It takes place in a house with parents, albeit not my own, but the comforting presence of adulthood brings a subconscious assurance to the proceedings.