Delhi Commission for Women – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Commission for Women has issued an advisory to state health authorities regarding the long delays in the medical examination of sexual assault survivors in Delhi hospitals. The commission said it assists all survivors of sexual assault through initiatives under its rape crisis cell as well as the crisis intervention center, and provides psychological and legal assistance to survivors of rape. sexual assaults.

The commission’s advisers – who remain present in hospitals when survivors are medically examined to provide support – have said there are undue delays in the conduct of their medical examinations.

“For example, it took nearly 15 hours to conduct a medical examination of a victim of sexual assault at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, 12 hours at Lok Nayak Hospital and more than 8 hours at Safdarjung Hospital. On average, a rape victim is forced to wait hours for their medical examination in hospitals in the capital,” the commission said.

When this reporter contacted health officials, including Health Secretary Amit Singla, the messages and calls went unanswered. The committee seized suo motu of the case sent a notice to the health authorities asking the reasons for the delay. It sought data to assess whether resources, both infrastructural and human, have been allocated specifically for the purpose of medical examination of rape victims.

Details have been requested on the process followed by hospitals to prioritize rape victims, the standard timeframes within which the examination must take place and the action taken against officers if the medical examination is not carried out within the desired deadlines. In its opinion, the commission said that the SOPs in the event were not written by the health authorities.

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Commission for Women has issued an advisory to state health authorities regarding the long delays in the medical examination of sexual assault survivors in Delhi hospitals. The commission said it assists all survivors of sexual assault through initiatives under its rape crisis cell as well as the crisis intervention center, and provides psychological and legal assistance to survivors of rape. sexual assaults. The commission’s advisers – who remain present in hospitals when survivors are medically examined to provide support – have said there are undue delays in the conduct of their medical examinations. “For example, it took nearly 15 hours to conduct a medical examination of a victim of sexual assault at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, 12 hours at Lok Nayak Hospital and more than 8 hours at Safdarjung hospital. On average, a rape victim is forced to wait hours for their medical examination in hospitals in the capital,” the commission said. When this reporter contacted health officials, including Health Secretary Amit Singla, the messages and calls went unanswered. The committee seized suo motu of the case sent a notice to the health authorities asking the reasons for the delay. It sought data to assess whether resources, both infrastructural and human, have been allocated specifically for the purpose of medical examination of rape victims. Details have been requested on the process followed by hospitals to prioritize rape victims, the standard timeframes within which the examination must take place and the action taken against officers if the medical examination is not carried out within the desired deadlines. In its opinion, the commission said that the SOPs in the event were not written by the health authorities.

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