Delhi govt withdraws two-finger test circular on rape victims

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New Delhi: Facing flak over a controversial circular on conducting two finger test on rape victims, the Delhi government on Monday has withdrawn its circular issued on two-finger test on rape victims. The govt has also said that the action will be taken against the officer who has issued the circular.

Delhi government had issued an advisory to its hospitals stating that Per Vaginal (PV) examination, also referred to as ‘two-finger test’, for rape survivors can be conducted with their consent.

The advisory, based on a 14-page document made by an expert panel, claims doctors cannot be made to function under the constraint of a complete ban of this examination. “(Banning) may not only prove detrimental to her health but may also result in injustice,” it adds.

A PV test involves insertion of finger into the rape survivor’s private parts for assessment of internal injuries, use of force if any, noting any discharge and gathering of sample among others.

Activists have been demanding a ban on it citing instances where the examination had been used to judge habituation of the woman to sexual intercourse.

The Supreme Court in May 2013 had held that the test violates a survivor’s right to privacy and had asked the government to provide better medical procedures to confirm sexual assault.

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