18 January, 2021

Doctor's Orders

For the first time, psychologists' assessment of a rape victim turns basis for a ruling

Illustration by SORIT
Doctor's Orders
Landmark Judgement...
  • It's a first in India: a court has taken psychologists' assessment of the victim as evidence in a child sexual abuse case
  • The accused, the father of the victim, was sentenced to seven years RI by an additional sessions judge in Delhi
  • The judgement could set a precedent
  • Experts feel psychologists' report can be taken as evidence in such cases that don't have witnesses or material proof


At first glance, 18-year-old Geeta (name changed) looks like any other teenager you would probably miss in a crowd of college students. She has been working at a call centre for the last fortnight. Petite, soft-spoken, there is nothing in her persona that suggests a traumatic childhood. Neither does she look like someone who could have summoned up enough courage to stand up and bring to justice the person who had hurt and sexually abused her for almost three years. But Geeta's horror story is that much more...


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