NCW to Air Chief: Why IAF rape survivor subjected to banned’two-finger test’?

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National Commission for Women ( NCW) on Thursday took a suo motu cognizance of media reports of rape allegations by a female Air Force officer and the purported two-finger test by Indian Air Force doctors and wrote to the Air Chief Marshal to look into the matter.

The women commission also urged that the Indian Air Force doctors should be imparted knowledge about the prevailing guidelines laid down by the Government and the Indian Council of Medical Research with regard to the two-finger test. The ICMR had termed the two finger test as unscientific in 2014.

According to the press statement, “The National Commission for Women is utterly disappointed and strongly condemn the action of Indian Air Force doctors conducting the banned two-finger test on the victim, thereby violating Supreme Court’s decision and also violating the right to privacy and dignity of the victim.”

According to NCW statement, a section of media reported that a woman Air Force Officer was subjected to banned and intrusive two-finger test by the Indian Air Force doctors who made the victim “relive the trauma”, after she had alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Flight Lieutenant colleague. The woman had come to Air Force College for training and the assault took place inside her room at the Air Force Administrative College in Coimbatore’s Redfields. She got injured while playing a sport. After taking administering medication, she went to sleep in her room, and when she woke up she found that she had been sexually assaulted, said the complaint.

The accused was taken into custody by the Coimbatore All-Women police last Saturday after  he surrendered before the district judge court.