Fuelling the Patna’s Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) marital status declaration form debate, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey on Thursday said that there is nothing objectionable with the term ‘virgin’. The Minister further claimed that the word which is being cried on just means that the person is unmarried.

While speaking to a news agency, Health Minister Mangal Pandey said the word ‘virgin’ used simply states that the woman is unmarried.

Talking to ANI the minister said, “The word which is used is ‘virgin’. It means unmarried girl, maiden. I don’t think these words are not objectionable. But still this issue is being raised. I had a word with the officials of the IGIMS. They said that this is the format of AIIMS and since 1983, it is being used in every organisation of the country.”

Shunting out the critiques, Pandey said that the form which is being debated has been in use for over 34 years now and had been the same way it is now.

The criticisms were drawn after it was found that IGIMS had asked its employees to declare their virginity and number of wives in a marital status declaration form.

A controversy was stirred after the ‘marital declaration’ section from an employment form of the IGIMS asked bizarre questions, one of which even asks the aspirants to declare their virginity status.

The questions asked in the form are as follows:

That I am bachelor/ widower/ Virgin
That I am married and have only one wife living
That I am married to a person who has no other wife living
That I am married and have more than one wife
That I am married to a person who has another wife living

The marital declaration form further said, “I request that in view of the reasons stated below. I may be granted exemption from the operation of restriction of the recruitment of service of person having more than one wife living.”