Bihar Health Minister Mangel Pandey defends IGMS-Patna's controversial employee marital status declaration form. Photo: indiatoday

A day after the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences-Patna came under fire over its employee marital declaration form, officials amended it by replacing the word that led to the controversy – “virgin” – with “unmarried.”

According to reports, the institute issued a marriage declaration form to its employees asking them to declare their virginity and to state the number of wives they had. Female employees were also asked if they were married to a person who has no other living wife or more than one living wife, ANI reported.

On Thursday morning, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey defended the form, telling ANI, “The word which is used is ‘virgin’. It means kanya, kunwaari [unmarried girl, maiden]. I don’t think these words are objectionable. But still, this issue is being raised. I had a word with the officials of the IGIMS. They said this is the format of AIIMS and since 1983, it is being used in every organization of the country.”