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Makes me nauseous

September 13, 2010

…but I had to share:

… a doctor insert[s] fingers in a rape victim’s vagina to determine the presence or absence of the hymen and the so-called “laxity” of the vagina. These findings perpetuate false and damaging stereotypes of rape survivors as “loose” women. Defense attorneys use the findings to challenge the credibility, character, and the lack of consent of the survivors.

Though the Indian Supreme Court ruled that “evidence” from the finger test can’t be used against the victim, many doctors still perform the procedure: “The Indian government has yet to take steps to ensure that all states eliminate it. There are no nationwide guidelines or programs to standardize forensic examinations and to train and sensitize doctors, police, prosecutors, and judges to survivors’ rights.”

That leads to judgments like this one, by the Jharkhand High Court in 2006: “Though the girl was aged about 20 to 23 years and was unmarried but she was found to be “habituated to intercourse.” This makes her to be of doubtful character.”

The whole story is here.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. ninjanurse permalink
    September 15, 2010 2:43 pm

    Remember that comparison– the man who was robbed. The judge asks if he’s ever given money away.

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