The Department of Health Research (DHR) on 8 January 2014 issued new guidelines to extend psychological support to molestation victims. These guidelines aim to deal with the problem of secondary victimization.
The new guidelines were drawn because of the following reasons
• Molestation Victims often suffer mental agony due to lack of support from family, friends and other institutions of the society.
• Victims are ill-informed about legal and medical options available to them.
• Loss of income, perceived insensitive attitude of Judiciary, Hospitals and Courts, further enhances trauma of the victim.
• Delay in getting justice discourages victim to share their problems and seek justice.
The New Guidelines are
• It is now mandatory for the Counselor to inform victim about possible questions in the court and other proceedings.
• Victim should be informed about importance of medical examination, procedure.
• Doctors/Nurses/counselors should give clear, accurate information to the victim regarding her case and available options.
• Irrespective of the choice made by victim, the counselors/doctors must remain supportive and nonjudgmental.
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