The minister was responding to a calling attention motion tabled by Shiv Sena's Neelam Gorhe.
The custom in the Kanjarbhat community where newly married women are expected to undergo a test to prove that they were virgin before the marriage hurts women's dignity, Gorhe said.
She also alleged that these panchayats -- traditional representative bodies of the community -- also try and settle cases of rape and sexual harassment outside the court.
"Cases should be registered against them (panchayat members). Conducting a virginity test and announcing its result publicly is a violation of woman's right to privacy. Her virginity status should not be disclosed to public," Gorhe said.
Minister Patil said police would be asked to register a criminal case if a panchayat forces a woman to undergo a virginity test.
"The government will also take action if caste panchayat members are found interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment," he added.
"We will hold a meeting of caste panchayats and social activists next month to create awareness about the issue," Patil said.
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