The article ‘Rumours and Realities of marriage Practices in Contemporary
Samin Society’ published on Humaniora (June 2010) confirmed that the
myths of the practices of ‘virginity tests’ and ‘stray marriages’ to be
discredited. In contrast, the Samin community through their marriage
system show a world full of respect for women, a world that is
egalitarian. The rumours have made Samin people vulnerable and
marginalised. Those who were mostly insulted by the rumours were women.
This article explores the history of Samin society and its social
political context to reveal the reasons behind the rumours.