Delhi govt to withdraw circular on two-finger test on rape victims
New Delhi: The Delhi government today said that it will withdraw the circular on Per Vaginal (PV) examination, more commonly known as the two-finger test, medical examination of rape survivors.
The government said that it will also take appropriate action against the officer who issued it.
The circular, issued under the name of special secretary (health) reads, “It cannot be recommended that physicians be made to function under the constraint of a complete ban of these essential steps of internal examination of a sexual assault survivor.”
The advisory said that the doctors and practitioners in government hospitals are properly sensitised that this test is not at all a routine test.
The Supreme Court last year had said that such tests are inhuman and should be banned. The NGOs across the country working in the field welcomed the order.
The government clarified that PV examination is not done to judge if the woman under examination is habituated to sexual intercourse but for some other reasons.