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Rape detection kits in Delhi hospitals

Delhi High CourtThe Delhi High Court directed the Central and Delhi Government to have rape detection medical kits in all hospitals to ensure a proper check-up of victims of incest. After High Court directions which said there should be a Crisis Intervention Centre and Rape Crisis Cell to attend calls of the victims and provide them counseling and legal advice, the Delhi Commission for Women(DCW) sought the Court’s intervention to direct all hospitals, police stations and also judicial magistrates to cooperate with such victims.

Arguing before a division bench comprising Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Manmohan, DCW chief Ms Aparna Bhat told the Court that since the accused get away due to lack of evidence, hospitals should have a proper check up of such victims to maintain evidence and prove crime.

‘DCW has developed small kits and forensic kits equipped to collect evidences of sexual assault. Only few hospitals in the capital have such kits while others still do not know how to use it,’Ms Aparna told the Court.

There were complaints that investigators and prosecutors of such crimes, whose incidence has gone up sharply in recent times, often acted insensitively, particularly when dealing with child victims, Ms Bhat told the court.

Standing counsel for Delhi Government, Ms Mukta Gupta, told the Court that more than 13 hospitals in the capital were now equipped with such kits and others will soon have it.

UNI9/3/2009