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Insult to injury: Cops say survivor habituated to sex

India on 08 May 2014
Location : Bhopal, India | Source : Times of India

In a strict violation of apex court norms, Singrauli police which is investigating the alleged gang-rape of a minor girl, issued press notes on April 21 saying she was 'habitual to sexual intercourse'.

The incident has sparked protests all over. State Congress has also issued a press statement saying that action should be taken against the doctor who conducted the prohibited 'two-finger' test of the girl and police which circulated the press note. As per Supreme Court the test is legally irrelevant. In a ruling Supreme Court had said the finger test results cannot be used against a rape survivor, and that a survivor's being 'habitual to sexual intercourse' is immaterial to the issue of consent.

"Opinion: the patient is habitual to sexual intercourse. No external injury seen on private parts. No evidence of sexual intercourse found," clearly mentioned in the press note issued by Waidhan police station of the district where the incident took place. When contacted over the issue, SP Singrauli D Kalyan Chakaravarty said, "We are looking into the issue and if it is found to be true we will take appropriate action."

On April 20, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped on a moving bus in Singrauli district late on Sunday night. The victim was later thrown off the bus.The incident took place at Jalhathani, which is about 15 km away from Baidhan town, district headquarters of Singrauli. Passersby spotted the girl, who was lying on the road injured, and rushed her to a district hospital.

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