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Advisory on two-finger test was misinterpreted: Delhi govt


satyendra jain

New Delhi: Delhi government today clarified that the advisory issued on two-finger test on rape victims was “misinterpreted” and said it will issue a fresh notification clearly mentioning that this procedure to ascertain sexual assault is banned. “Today we held a meeting and we are issuing a fresh notification. The earlier advisory was misinterpreted. “As per the instructions, it is advised that the medical professionals should not perform the two finger test unless it is medically required for only treatment purposes. It cannot be performed for ascertaining sexual assaults. More scientific methods will be adopted for this purpose,” Health Minister Satyendra Jain said.

Jain further said that an NGO had met him during AAP government’s previous short stint and had “raised” the issue following which he had asked them to “examine” it. “Then we were not in power, during which a three-member committee comprising two gynaecologists and a forensic expert was formed last year. The committee had submitted their report on June 2014 in which they had also said that two-finger test on rape victims should not be performed. But then there was some confusion.

“The Central Information Commission (CIC) had also asked the Delhi government earlier this year to clarify its instructions in this regard,” Jain said after holding a emergency meeting over the matter. The advisory was issued earlier on May 31.

“Health department has a huge staff and there are about 50 heads of departments who issue circulars. After CIC asked the government to clarify its instructions the advisory was issued on May 31, but it was misinterpreted,” he said.