Virginity Worth $5,000 in Chinese Lawsuit

by admin on September 22, 2014

According to Raw Story a woman in China was awarded $5,000 by a court that upheld her “right to virginity” after it was violated by a married man pretending to be single.

The woman dated the man and had sex with him before he unexpectedly halted communications with her, prompting her to confront him and find out that he was married, reports Raw Story.

The woman went on to sue the man for “violating her rights to virginity and health.” According to Raw Story, the court recognized the right to virginity as applicable for legal protection because violating that right “might lead to harm to a person’s body, health, freedom and reputation” and “ought to be compensated.”

The man did not appear in court, but is appealing the ruling said a spokesman for the Pudong New Area People’s Court, as cited by Raw Story.

Putting a price on virginity and upholding it as a property right in a court of law may seem like a foreign, and even outdated, concept to some Western societies. But this ideal is common in many traditional cultures through the practice of dowries.

Thailand is one example, where dowries, called the “Tong Mun” and “Sin Sod,” are still commonly expected as payments from the groom to the bride’s family. The price of the dowry is in part determined by the bride’s virginity and if the price is formally agreed upon by both parties it can be upheld under Thailand Family Law.

Read the full story here.

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