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Father not keen on fresh test

The four-year-old girl who had been allegedly sexually assaulted by two teachers at GD Birla Centre for Education might need to go through a second medical examination despite her father's reluctance to allow it for fear of reviving her trauma.

By Rith Basu and Pranab Mondal
  • Published 4.12.17
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Ranikuthi: The four-year-old girl who had been allegedly sexually assaulted by two teachers at GD Birla Centre for Education might need to go through a second medical examination despite her father's reluctance to allow it for fear of reviving her trauma.

If absolutely unavoidable, a medical team would have to visit the girl at home to carry out the test, the father said on Sunday.

"I want my daughter to forget this whole episode as fast as possible. But another test would bring back all the terrible memories," he told Metro outside Jadavpur police station after lodging a complaint against Sharmila Nath, the principal of the school.

Police had approached the Child Welfare Committee on Saturday for permission to conduct a second medical examination on grounds of the first one being incomplete because of the victim's physical and mental condition.

"The committee granted the plea the same day but the police would still need to approach a court of law with that document to get an order with the time and venue for the test," a source said.

A second medical examination is not uncommon in cases of sexual assault, according to Indrani Guha Brahma, who heads the Child Welfare Committee.

"Medical test reports are considered scientific evidence in court," she said. "But it is not binding on the family to follow the order."

A repeat test, if conducted, would give the police a report with more details and help build a stronger case against the accused. But for the girl, a second medical examination would potentially bring more physical pain and mental distress, her father said.

A senior official at SSKM Hospital, where the first medical test took place on Friday, said the next one would depend on the court's decision. He said there was a provision in the law to conduct the test in the child's home. "A court order in such cases mentions where a particular test should take place. Usually, it is the hospital. But in some cases, doctors are directed to visit someone's home to do the recommended test."

When the victim of an alleged sexual assault is a child, sedation is used during the medical examination, a doctor said.

An officer at Jadavpur police station quoted doctors at SSKM as saying that the first medical examination on Friday revealed an internal injury. She was in pain, which is why a detailed examination wasn't possible, he said.

"The first medical test was conducted then because it was necessary to find some evidence of assault before registering an FIR. This was also required to decide which sections of the Indian Penal Code could be invoked against the two accused."

The second test, if allowed by the court, is expected to throw up stronger evidence of sexual assault.

In the absence of witnesses to the alleged crime, including anyone who might have seen the accused going into a washroom with the girl, the importance of medical evidence has increased, the police officer said.