The ceremony called Purity Ball is observed in many places in USA among
the conservative Christians girls are pledging to their fathers to remain virgin
till they wed. Those gala affairs are intended to celebrate father-daughter
relationship. Here father and daughter exchange vows, the father to protect his daughter's chastity by living an unblemished life and daughter to take a
vow not to have sex till she is married.
"The father makes a pledge that he is going to keep his mind pure and be faithful to her mother and there is also a time when there is a conversation about putting the right kinds of things in your mind, such as the father not using pornography," Leslee Unruh, founder of Abstinence Clearinghouse, a leader in the so-called purity movement, told AFP in describing the balls.
Nearly 1400 Purity Balls were arranged and observed in 2006. Nearly double
are expected in the year 2007.
Critics say it is not only for the girls to remain virgin but they should learn
about sexually transmitted diseases.
But study shows that 88 percent of adolescents who take pledges often broke the vow and were engaged in unprotected sex relationships.
This ceremony rather a lifestyle is intended to build a healthy society without
free sex but the purpose is not totally fulfilled. The father should always make their girl child to remember the pledge.