Several teenage girls commit suicide each year after being subjected to the examination to check if their hymen is intact. The practice is especially prevalent in state-run school dormitories in rural areas of Turkey, where sex before marriage is frowned upon.
Turkey's outgoing minister for women and family affairs caused an uproar among feminists and rights groups last year when she spoke out in favor of the tests.
"Girls who commit suicide because of virginity tests would commit suicide anyway. I don't think it's really important," minister Isilay Saygin said in a newspaper interview.
In conservative and economically depressed southeast Turkey it is known for men to kill unmarried female relatives if they are suspected of having had sex.