“Two-Finger Test To Confirm Rape Patriarchal, Sexist”: Supreme Court


New Delhi:

The Supreme Court today slammed the use of “two-finger test” in cases of rape and sexual assault and asked the centre and states to ensure the practice is stopped.

The practice has no scientific basis, and it instead re-traumatises women, the Supreme Court said as it ruled that any individual conducting the “two-finger test” on a survivor will be held guilty of misconduct.

“It is patriarchal and sexist to suggest that a woman cannot be believed when she states that she was raped merely because she is sexually active,” the top court said. 

A Supreme Court bench comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Hima Kohli made these observations while restoring conviction in a rape case. 


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