What is the two finger test criticized by the Supreme Court recently? How far would the apex court directive go towards eliminating this practice?
In a progressive call, recently the Supreme Court of India has slammed the “two finger test” and said that those conducting it on alleged rape victims will be declared guilty of misconduct.
- The ‘two finger test’ or ‘per vaginum examination’ is an unscientific and regressive practice, carried out by a medical practitioner, involving examination of vagina of an alleged rape victim.
- It involves inserting two fingers in the vagina to assess laxity of vaginal muscles and examining the hymen to check if she is a habituated to sexual intercourse.
- It is based on the incorrect assumption that a sexually active woman cannot be raped.
- It has no scientific validity.
- It does not provide any definite information regarding allegation of rape.
- It re-victimises, re-traumatises and humiliates the victim.
- The Supreme Court a court has ordered that workshops should be held for health workers to prevent the test from being conducted on rape victim.
- The Ministry of health and family welfare should circulate guidelines regarding prohibition of this practice to private and government hospitals.