Medical procedure on rape victims will be changed: Karnataka health minister

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 31 Juli 2014 | 08.21

BANGALORE: Following string of rape incidents in the state and to eliminate sufferings by the victims during medical examination, Karnataka has constituted a three-member panel comprising eminent gynecologists to suggest it to change the system of tests done on rape victims.

The committee has been asked to submit the report in one month, health minister UT Khader told reporters on Thursday.

The present system of medical examination has been criticized as the victims are made often made to wait for long time and there is no secrecy during the tests. "Testing kits will also be provided all the district hospitals," Khader said.

The government will also set up collaborative child response units in government hospitals in all the districts, to immediately address the child abuse cases. Five such units are already functioning in five hospitals in Bangalore.

The units have been set up at - MS Ramaiah Medical Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Indira Gandhi Children Hospital, St John's Hospital and Kempegowda Medical College Hospital.

Women and child development minister Umashree said extensive training has been conducted for medical staff, some police, social workers and counselors in these hospitals with the help of experts about the units.

The training is aimed at to prepare protocol for — the process of complying with the treatment, counseling to the victim child and parents; inquiries, counseling of victim child and how to prepare the report from police station.

Meanwhile, the government on Thursday issued an order constituting an expert committee comprising of 26 members to look into necessary amendments to the law related to sexual assault cases and enhancement of its punishment.

The Committee will be headed by former law minister MC Nanaiah and has politicians and experts in the field of health and crime. As the chairman of the panel, Nanaiah will have the authority to invite opinions and suggestions from subject experts and officers concerned. The committee has been given three-month deadline to submit its report.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah and home minister KJ George had assured both the Houses of legislature that an expert panel would be constituted to recommend the government to make amendments in the existing laws.


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