**Bhubaneswar:** The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued guidelines for medical practitioners while examining child victims of sexual abuse. The Investigating Officers (IOs) and Public Prosecutors (PPs) who are dealing such types of crimes must be sensitized of the SOP so that they can make appropriate queries for definite opinion as enumerated in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
The purpose of the medical and forensic examination of the survivor is to ascertain whether a sexual act has been attempted or done, whether it was forceful, the age of the victim, influence of alcohol and to provide treatment for sequel of the assault.
The prerequisites at the health facilities should carry a non- threatening, quiet and private place. Adequate waiting space to be made available for parents and relatives along with sufficient lightning and a comfortable examination table are necessary.
Capital Hospital Superintendent Niranjan Mishra said that all the arrangements were made in a friendly manner of the victim. He detailed the guidelines for the practitioners and assured that the guidelines will be followed without any delay.
Most importantly, the minor victim of the sexual abuse can approach the hospital directly or through police after complaining or by the direction of a court. The consent of the survivor is needed for examination, collection of evidence, treatment and while informing to the police for investigation.
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