London: It took two Australian legal academics to unearth old skeletons lying in the British government's cupboard. While submitting a university paper they disclosed that the British government's official records on virginity tests on Indian and Pakistani women - entering Britain to marry - was on a far larger scale than estimated.
The practice had stopped in 1979 after an Indian teacher's case was highlighted in the British media and Kailash Puri was one the activists involved.
Fresh demands for a formal apology from the government is backed by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, which was involved in the original 1979 case.
These latest revelations from the Home Office files suggest that at least 80 women were subjected to such tests. The UK Border agency has stated that these practices were carried out 30 years back and acknowledged that these were clearly wrong, but, as of yet there has been no formal apology from the government.