Business is booming for a German company marketing ‘virginity’ to Muslim women eager for their husbands-to-be to believe they have been chaste until their wedding day. Women can insert it into themselves to make it seem their hymen is unbroken The concept of hymen that can be purchased online originated a short while ago in China targeting the Middle Eastern market. But many people were worried about the quality of the product. Because it is a fraction of the average £1,750 it costs for a surgical procedure to replace the female hymen its products are being purchased swiftly and anonymously by people whose very lives could depend upon it.
Virginia Care sells a package containing two ultra-thin membranes that a woman can insert herself to make it appear that her hymen is unbroken. It is being sold through the company website with the boast: ‘Quality from Germany.’ Each membrane consists of two cellulose skins between which a sterile, freeze-dried blood powder has been injected.
The membrane is designed so that it fixes itself in place from the warmth and moisture inside the woman’s body, and then when it is pierced during sex the blood mixture provides ‘proof’ that she is indeed a virgin. The company has testimonials from Muslim customers saying that the product saved their lives. One wrote: ‘If your product did not exist, I would not now exist either. Another wrote: ‘I cannot begin to say how much you helped me. All the thanks in the world.’ The package costs 49.50 euros. The issue of pre-marital sex for Muslim women in strict families is a dangerous – even life threatening – one.
Earlier this month a couple from Pakistan living in the German city of Darmstadt received life prison sentences for killing their 19-year-old daughter when they learned she had been having sex with a boyfriend they did not approve of.