Union Health Ministry bans prevalent rape test

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The Union Health Ministry has done away with the controversial and embarrassing Two Finger Test done on rape victims. The move came after a medical professor Indrajit Khandekar, filed a PIL in Bombay court asking to ban the test. The same court has formed a committee including the complainant and other medico legal experts to formulate new guidelines.

The Department of Health Research DHR with the help of Indian Council of Medical Research ICMR has now formed new guidelines with regard to handling rape complaints. One of the important changes is that now a rape victim can go straight to hospital and get relevant tests/ treatment done even without a FIR of the police or a request of the police for the test. The Two Finger Test is completely removed as unscientific. The Doctor has to treat the patient in a separate room, without any body else present in the room, except a female nurse.

Sample collection should happen as smoothly as possible, Physical injuries should be treated properly, psychological impact has to be studied. Samples to enable DNA tests should be collected, Word Rape should not be used. The victim should be informed and explained about the treatment process, she has to consent to the entire procedure in advance. Police must be informed as well.

Dr. Khandekar expressed satisfaction over the changes.

 

Medaram Jathara

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