Malaysian doctors offer an intact hymen for $770

June 8th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Kuala Lumpur, June 8 (IANS) Malaysian plastic surgeons are offering a ‘new’ intact hymen to women who may need to prove their virginity for marital, social or religious reasons. It costs RM 2,500 ($770 approx.) for a 30-minute surgery, conducted for out-patients, after which the patient should not engage in sexual intercourse for six weeks, the New Sunday Times reported Sunday.

Among the clientele are foreign students who are leaving the country not just with a new academic certificate, but with an intact hymen.

The operation is also attracting some local university students who request for their hymen to be repaired.

They are usually in their early 20s and most are in the final year of their studies.

“The girls don’t come alone (for the consultation and surgery). They come with their boyfriends or a trusted girlfriend,” the newspaper quoted, but did not name, a consultant plastic surgeon with a private hospital.

“To them, having the hymen intact is not just an important marriage commodity - their very lives depend on it,” says the surgeon.

Media reports speak of women being killed or brutalised by their family members in certain African and Gulf countries if they are found not to be virgins on their wedding night.

A 22-year-old varsity student told the New Sunday Times that she went to see a plastic surgeon to have her hymen restored after she learnt about the procedure on the Internet.

“I buat salah (made a mistake) and had pre-marital sex with my former boyfriend once. I don’t want my future husband to think that I’m a slut just because of that one night,” said the business administration student, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity.

She forked out RM2,500 ($770) for the procedure last December. It was money she saved from giving part-time tuition

“The hymen is fragile and can be easily torn, not necessarily through penetrative sex, but also rigorous physical activities like cycling or running, or even after a fall,” says Indian origin consultant plastic surgeon V. Surendranathan.

Restoration of the hymen is done on an outpatient basis, under local anaesthesia or sedation.

Simple repair consists of piecing together the remnants of the hymen by closing the tear.

However, the result of this particular procedure is not meant to last and some experts say “it must be done three to seven days before the wedding”.

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