Virginity test of sexual assault survivors to be abolished
LAHORE: The specialists have told the Lahore High Court that the two-finger test (TFT), an old act of analyzing rape survivors, has restricted evidentiary worth and will be annulled from the convention of medico-legitimate declaration (MLC) except if required.
“It isn’t the target of the clinical assessment of female survivor of rape to give remarks about the character of the examinee neither TFT is being drilled with that objective nor it has any solid evidentiary worth identified with the assurance of virginity,” says a joint answer by the Punjab Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department, the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department and specialist medico-legitimate Lahore.
One petition was filed by PML-N MNA Shaista Pervez Malik while women rights activists, academics, journalists and advocates were petitioners in the other. They include Sadaf Aziz, Farida Shaheed, Farieha Aziz, Farah Zia, Sarah Zaman, Maliha Zia Lari, Dr Aisha Babar and Zainab Husain.
Sahar Zareen Bandial and Barrister Sameer Khosa are the lead counsel for the candidates.
The petitions chiefly argue the disparaging practice whereby medico-lawful officials play out a hymen test and a “two-finger test” as a component of clinical assessment of casualties is problematic and superfluous and has no logical premise.
The test is typically utilized in Pakistan regardless of requires its denial by medical care experts.
Reacting to the focuses brought up in the petitions, the administration’s answer expresses that solitary approved ladies clinical official (WMO) direct the TFT and that too in the wake of acquiring communicated and composed assent of the person.