Operation Virginity 19:00, 2009 (Ref: ME09820)


Women who have lost their virginity before their wedding night have discovered a face-saving solution to this controversial and sometimes life-threatening dilemma. Under cover of the burgeoning fashion for plastic surgery, women are undergoing hymen repair surgery to artificially restore the appearance of “virginity” and so bridging this cultural and sexual divide. Across the Arab world, virginity before marriage is the most coveted gift on the wedding list – be it for Muslims or Christians. Whether in Asia or the Arab world, an unknown number of women face an agonising problem having broken a deep taboo. They’ve had sex outside marriage and if found out, risk being ostracised by their communities or even murdered. We speak with a number of women who have undergone this surgery and hear how many of them contemplated suicide We also speak with the clinics that carry out this surgery and explore the growing demand for hymen repair surgery as a solution to this controversial dilemma.