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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Response to gender based violence

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India has come up with a "Protocols and Guidelines - medico legal care for survivors/ victims of Sexual Violence" in 2014 to provide coordinated response to gender based violence that includes sexual violence, domestic violence, special provisions for care of LGBT, children and disabled.

But to my dismay, the protocols and guidelines has not been adopted by many states in India. The health sector response needs to be strengthened with trained professionals, designated space for medico-legal examination of survivors and supplies. Above all privacy and confidentiality of the survivors need to be maintained and ensured, although many challanges are still to be resolved.

The protocols and guidelines is available in the MoHFW's website.