Two-finger, hymen tests of rape survivors declared “illegal and unconstitutional”
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday declared the two-finger and hymen tests for rape survivors as “illegal and unconstitutional”.
LHC judge Justice Ayesha A Malik was conducting hearing of the plea challenging the prevailing medical tests of rape survivors.
The 30-page ruling has declared that there was no medical basis for the testing methods adopted to check if the alleged survivor’s claim was true or false and neither did they have any forensic value.
The ruling stated that if the medical examination proves that the victim was not virgin then it did not prove that she was not sexually abused or raped.
The court directed the Punjab government to adopt the international practices to sensitively manage the case of victims of sexual violence.
The court said that the existing tests were violation of private space of a woman and the conclusions drawn from them were a direct attack on her dignity.