Two-Finger test was not done, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said today countering a female officer’s allegation . She said that force subjected her to the banned test and questioned about her “sexual history” . This was in the rape case against a fellow colleague.
“No two finger test was done. Disciplinary action will be taken based on report of inquiry,” the IAF Chief was quoted.
Court will try the accused 29-year-old Flight Lieutenant under the Court Martial Act. A court in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore ruled on Thursday as they handed the case over to the IAF.
National Commission for Women
In a statement, the National Commission for Women on Thursday said it has raised the issue with the IAF. It stressed that it is ” .utterly disappointing and strongly condemns the action of Indian Air Force doctors conducting the banned two-finger test on the victim. They thereby violated the Supreme Court’s decision and also violating the right to privacy and dignity of the victim.”
The woman, had travelled to the Air Force College for training. She said the assault took place two weeks ago inside her room. This was at the Air Force Administrative College in Coimbatore’s Redfields.
On the day of the assault, the woman said she had injured herself while playing. She then took some medication before going to sleep in her room. Later she woke up that to find someone had sexually assaulted her. Then medical professionals allegedly conducted the Two-Finger test on her.
The trainee said she went the police . This is because the IAF’s actions were not enough.
Twice, she said, they made her submit a withdrawal – of the complaint letter – in writing. Another time, they asked her to sign a letter with changes made, which she refused to sign.
An all-women team from the city’s Gandhipuram Police carried out the initial investigation Station. Following this cops registered a case of sexual assault under section 376.
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