The controversy which 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 — has now been put to rest as the authorities have replaced ‘virgin’ with ‘unmarried’.

The series of questions following which the matter got escalated were 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

Earlier in the day, the Bihar Health minister, Mangal Pandey said that there was nothing objectionable with the word ‘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.”