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In a surprising development, hymenoplasty or hymen repair surgery has become very popular with tribes in the hinterlands of Jharkhand! Dr Anant Sinha, a plastic surgeon and the founder of Devkamal Hospital in Ranchi has been approached by five girls in the last two years of which two were tribals and got reconstruction surgery.
This is surprising because virginity has never been a major issue in the tribal culture but it seems like they are now imbibing the values of the so-called modern world. Hymenoplasty is according to Sinha is a one-hour procedure and costs just Rs 15000. The surgery is about the restoration of the hymen so that they bleed during their first intercourse after marriage, thus giving an impression of being a virgin.'
Unfortunately, the burden of proof falls on the girls. 'I am a sportsperson and am scared that my hymen might have broken. I just pray that when I have sex with my husband for the first time I would bleed, otherwise it might ruin my married life,' said a 24-year-old Ranchi girl on condition of anonymity.
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