Research Area : Violence and Health
The Sexual Assault Care and Forensic Evidence or SAFE Kit was first prepared in the late nineties when trustees and researchers in CEHAT involved in the investigation of a case of sexual assault, found gross inadequacy regarding eliciting history, medical examination and collection of forensic evidence. The investigation highlighted the need for a uniform, standardized and meticulous protocol accompanied by guidelines and a training manual to care for and document evidence in such cases.
The SAFE kit is a scientifically sound and user friendly, ‘Model Kit for Comprehensive Care and Documentation of Evidence in cases of Sexual Assault’ made with inputs from several Indian experts and studying kits used internationally.
The Sexual Assault Care and Forensic Evidence or SAFE Kit is a 'Model Kit for Comprehensive Care and Documentation of Evidence in cases of Sexual Assault'. The kit was designed to address issues of care and documentation in relation to sexual assault. It was originally adapted by CEHAT from the kit used by the Ontario Provincial Police, Canada. Ever since, the kit has gone through several rounds of review and feedback by forensic doctors, gynaecologists and obstetricians as well as human rights and women's rights activists from Mumbai and other parts of India to suit the needs and requirements in the Indian context. The SAFE Kit is a scientifically sound and easy to use model kit for the examination and collection of evidence in cases of sexual assault and it consists of the following components: