Beyond the Veil| India is making progress on so many fronts, we’re almost incredulous reading about the “finger test” or the insertion of fingers into a woman’s vagina to determine “vaginal laxity” and thereby ascertain whether a woman assaulted by rape was previously “habituated to sex”.
Presented as part of a larger Human Rights Watch report, compiled by Aruna Kashyap, a women’s rights researcher, the document has provoked widespread discussion and outrage in India, with many calling the practice dehumanizing, totally unscientific and archaic.
The Indian Express states that the “finger test” continues despite a Supreme Court order against it. Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice AP Shah released the HRW report saying: “As the report points out, the finger test method which continues to be used for examining rape victims is an archaic method. We need a system to sensitise judges and lawyers on a large scale,” he said.