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Two-finger test was not done: IAF chief on charge by rape complainant

The IAF took over the case last week after the woman first filed a complaint with police on Sept 20. The woman had told police that her seniors in the IAF forced her to withdraw her complaint against Amitesh Harmukh, who allegedly raped her while she was unconscious in her room.

Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi |
Updated: October 6, 2021 3:22:44 am
VR Chaudhari spoke on a range of issues from China's presence near LAC to India's drone capabilities. (Photo: Twitter/@SpokespersonMoD)

Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari on Tuesday denied the charge of a woman that she was subjected to the banned two-finger test at the Air Force Hospital after she accused her colleague, a Flight Lieutenant at the Air Force Administrative College in Coimbatore, of rape.

Responding to a question during a press conference ahead of Air Force Day on October 8, Chaudhari, who took over as IAF chief on September 30, said: “The two-finger test, that you mentioned, it is misreported.”

“The actual fact is that it has not been done. And I can confirm to you that this test was not done. We are well aware of the rules. All actions, all disciplinary actions that will come out from this inquiry, will be taken,” he said.

The IAF took over the case last week after the woman first filed a complaint with police on Sept 20. The woman had told police that her seniors in the IAF forced her to withdraw her complaint against Amitesh Harmukh, who allegedly raped her while she was unconscious in her room.

She told the police that after her complaint she was sent to the Air Force Hospital where two women doctors asked her about her “sexual history”.

The woman said that one of the doctors inspected her private parts, and conducted the two-finger test.

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