A female AirForce officer who reported that she was raped claimed she had to go through a two-finger rape test.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper however learnt that the two-finger test which is usually carried out to judge whether a rape has taken place, has long been banned in India.
According to the survivor’s claim in her FIR, she was subjected to the two-finger test, which has been banned by the Indian Supreme Court since 2013. These guidelines also outlawed the two-finger test conducted on the victims terming it to be unscientific. After all, two fingers alone cannot tell the truth.
However, a female Air Force officer (IAF officer) alleged that the test was forced on her. The 29-year-old officer’s claim is that she has to stay with that horrible memory of sexual abuse.
Note that there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this test in the past. It is said that the privacy of the victim is not protected. Moreover, it is also unscientific.
This time the controversy came back to the center of the officer’s allegations. The Air Force officer is from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, alleged that she was raped on the college campus itself by one of her male colleague.
According to the victim, she went to the Air Force College for training. She was raped by one of her male colleague in her own room at that time. The victim had reported the incident to Air Force Authority but she said she was not satisfied with the steps taken and process of investigation by the Indian Air Force authority.
She was asked to drop the complaint in writing but she was later asked to change the complaint. The lady had refused to do so. As the matter is pending, the Air Force did not want to comment on it. Two weeks after the incident, the woman approached the police also.
However, a statement said, “The Air Force is cooperating fully with the police investigation. However, an internal investigation is also underway. We will not comment on this at this time.”
The police filed a complaint based on the allegations of torture. A case has been filed under Section 37 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused 29-year-old male Air Force officer has been arrested. Although his lawyer argued, Coimbatore police had no authority to arrest an Air Force officer.
Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. According to the 2019 annual report of the National Crime Records Bureau, 32033 rape cases were registered across the country, or an average of 88 cases daily, slightly lower than 2018 when 91 cases were registered daily.