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Banned test trauma for girl

Highly placed police sources said the 17-year-old East Champaran rape victim had to undergo the banned two-finger test by doctors at Motihari Sadar hospital.

By Our bureau in Patna
  • Published 29.06.16
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Sushil Kumar Modi addresses the news meet in Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Deepak Kumar

Patna, June 28: Highly placed police sources said the 17-year-old East Champaran rape victim had to undergo the banned two-finger test by doctors at Motihari Sadar hospital.

Even as no senior officer or doctor was willing to be quoted, the test - banned by the Supreme Court - seems to be a dark spot on the Nitish Kumar administration.

Repeated medical tests of the girl has also prompted the Opposition to attack the Nitish government for trying to cover up the case and not let the truth come out. Senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today alleged that the state government was trying to suppress the truth and not allowing the facts to come out in the case.

He also demanded from the government to set up a committee comprising a retired police officer to probe the alleged gang rape case.

He lamented that the victim had to undergo medical examination for the fifth time since the incident took place on June 13. She was admitted to Ramgarhwa primary health centre on June 18 and subsequently at the Motihari Sadar hospital where she was examined twice on June 22 and June 25.

She was sent to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur for having a similar test for the fifth time. "This time she was examined by a team of experts and sent back to Motihari where she is recuperating," Sushil told reporters today.

The deputy superintendent of Motihari Sadar hospital, Manoj, however, differed from what other doctors opined, the BJP leader said.

Sushil expressed surprise over police's failure to book accused under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The police recorded the statement of the girl almost 10 days after the incident, he added.

National Commission for Women member Sushma Sahu submitted her report to the panel chairperson on the rape incident in Delhi today.

She has also recommended action against the Motihari superintendent of police for his alleged role in suppressing the fact.