Sexual assault: police case not mandatory for medical examination of victim
Thiruvananthapuram: The government removed the condition of making FIR and registration of case mandatory ahead of medical examination of sexual assault victims. According to the new medico legal protocol, only the consent of the victim or the guardians is required for the same.
The guidelines for conducting medical examination of sexual assault victims was modified. The hospitals cannot evade from examining the victim. Also they are directed not to send the victim to another hospital only because there is no gynaecologist. It is the responsibility of the hospitals to provide emergency treatment and counselling for free to those who are subjected to sexual assault.
The treatment and further check-ups should be prescribed without causing difficulties to the survivor. In case there are no chances of obtaining evidences, the examinations and evidence collection should be limited to the nature of the assault in order to avoid further difficulties to the persons.
If the victim is a child, the physical examination should be done in the presence of parents or any adult whom the child trusts. If none of these persons are present, the head of the institution can suggest a woman. The child victims should be provided proper security.
The protocol also recommends that the women victims should be examined by a lady doctor. This is mandatory in the case of girls aged below 18 years. The head of the institution is responsible for assigning a gynaecologist on duty for examining private parts of the women who are subjected to sexual assault.
In case no gynaecologist is available, a lady doctor should be assigned for the same. If the victims are boys or men, the casualty medical officer should examine them. If the victim is a transgender, the victim can decide whether the doctor should be male or female.