Our Correspondent / New Delhi
The Union Home Ministry has purchased 5,000 rape investigation kits which would be given to police stations across the country for the speedy probe in sexual harassment cases.
A rape kit—also known as a sexual assault kit (SAK), a sexual assault forensic evidence (SAFE) kit is a package of items used by medical personnel for gathering and preserving physical evidence following an allegation of sexual assault. The evidence collected from the victim can aid the criminal rape investigation and the prosecution of a suspected assailant. DNA evidence can have tremendous utility for sexual assault investigations and prosecution by identifying offenders, revealing serial offenders through DNA matches across cases, and exonerating those who have been wrongly accused.
According to a senior Women and Child Development official, for now, five kits each would be provided to randomly-selected police stations, and states have been asked to chip-in with their contribution.
The official said, each kit comes with a set of test tubes and bottles and costs 200 to 300 rupees.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had last week urged states to buy such kits and arm their police station with them.
The official said, states have responded positively and the Haryana government has even approved their procurement.