Guidelines and protocols for medico legal care for survivors/victims of sexual v…

Guidelines and protocols for medico legal care for survivors/victims of sexual v…

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Guidelines and protocols for medico legal care for survivors/victims of sexual violence released, Ministry invites suggestions

Guidelines and protocols for medico legal care for survivors/victims of sexual violence have been released by the Ministry of Health and family Welfare. The guidelines have specifically been drawn up for rape cases, although the same could be used for other cases as well. They are aimed at doctors who might be indulged in handling female victims of sexual assault/ rape. It lays down that such a victim cannot be denied treatment by Government or private hospitals when they approach them as denial has lately been made a cognizable criminal offence punishable with appropriate jail terms or fines or both.

The rape law in the country has been made more stringent, with zero tolerance for offenders. These guidelines aim to maintain a sensitive and humane approach to such victims, their proper treatment apart from attending or treating doctors responsibility and duty in recording and documenting the medical aspects in order that such cases when they come up before the criminal justice system are not found wanting in the quality of evidence produced by the prosecution during trial.

The guidelines have been uploaded on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s website, inviting suggestions which can be sent to Director (H), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.

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