Delhi Advocacy

A PIL was filed by the Delhi Commission for Women against the Delhi Police, in the Delhi High Court. An order passed by the Delhi High Court in April 2009 lays down guidelines for different agencies in responding to sexual assault. With respect to the health system the order mandates use of a ‘safe kit’ at all Delhi Hospitals. However, this is highly inadequate as merely having a kit in the hospital does not ensure a comprehensive and sensitive examination. What is required is a transformation in the entire practice of the hospital with a focus on care and training of health care providers. Our detailed critique of the order is available here.

The office of the Director General of Health Services, New Delhi, has issued a proforma for medical examination of sexual assault. This proforma is gender insensitive and completely ignores treatment requirements. A comparison of the proforma with WHO guidelines is available here and a critique of the proforma is available here. CEHAT has been engaging with the DGHS for changing this proforma, but no significant changes have been made till date.