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Banned two-finger test conducted on Motihari gangrape victim: NCW report

Published Jun 30, 2016, 1:42 pm IST
Updated Jun 30, 2016, 1:44 pm IST
Police arrest activists of Janadikar Chhatra Parishad protesting against the Motihari gangrape case in Patna. (Photo: PTI)
 Police arrest activists of Janadikar Chhatra Parishad protesting against the Motihari gangrape case in Patna. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: A 21-year-old woman, who was allegedly gangraped in Motihari in Bihar’s East Champaran district, was subjected to two-finger test despite a ban by the Supreme Court, the National Commission for Women is believed to have said in its report.

The women body shared the report with the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday and also sought an appointment with Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss its concern about the Bihar police administration.

While the NCW Chairperson did not divulge the details of the report, a source said it mentions that the alleged rape survivor had to undergo the two-finger test, which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2013 holding that it violated the right of rape survivors’ to privacy.

The report also questioned the role of doctors, alleging that they deliberately brush aside rape cases by meddling with test reports, the source claimed.

The Commission had instituted the inquiry into the gangrape and one of its members had visited the town as part of a fact-finding mission.

Two Union ministers from Bihar, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Minister of State for Human Resources Development Upendra Kushwa, who had met the woman’s family last week, compared the case with December 16 Delhi gangrape incident.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too has come under Opposition fire over “increasing lawlessness” in the state.

The incident took place nearly a week ago. Five men stormed into the woman’s hut, dragged her out and gangraped her in front of her parents and neighbours. The accused brutalised her by inserting a pistol and some wooden object in her genital area. She was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the incident and two policemen were suspended for dereliction of duty.

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