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Strict no to 'two-finger-test', states MHA in guidelines for doctors dealing with rape victims

By Vikas

New Delhi, Aug 17: The medical practitioners, who handling rape victims or sensitive issues of sexual hrassment, must adhere to certain guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The guidelines issued by the MHA on July 25, states that the doctors not only have to provide treatment and psychological support to the victims, but should also collect evidence which can be used by the police later in the court. The guidelines are aimed at ensuring that the case is properly documented which, while helping the police file a chargesheet swiftly, would also aid the prosecution to put forth a tight case.

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The guidelines have been sent to the director generals of police and police commissioners across India for effective follow-up in sexual assault cases against women and children, reported HT.

The two-finger test to to determine virginity, which has been strongly opposed by the women rights activists for several years now, the latest guidelines state while asserting that past sexual experience has no bearing on a case of sexual violence.

[2-finger test on rape victim and controversy: All you need to know]

The Supreme Court had in 2013 held that the two-finger test on a rape victim violates her right to privacy, and asked the government to provide better medical procedures to confirm sexual assault.

[Delhi Govt clarifies on 2-finger test advisory, says it was misinterpreted]

The guidelines have been framed for the MHA by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, and issued by the Directorate of Forensic Sciences Services (DFSS), a nodal organisation of the MHA, said the HT report.

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