The Union Ministry has distributed 3,100 Sexual
assault evidence collection kits (SAECK) or rape investigation kits among the
States and Union Territories.
The kits have been procured with financial
support under the Nirbhaya Fund. The Nirbhaya fund scheme seeks to support
initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity
and ensuring safety of women in India. It was set up in 2013 in the aftermath
of the gruesome gang-rape and murder in Delhi.
Each kit contain essential items that will help to
carry out immediate medico-legal investigation- collect blood and semen samples.
The samples would be sent to the closest laboratory and the results of the
tests would be out in two months. They also contain instructions on how to
collect evidence from crime scenes
The kits are expected to help law enforcement
agencies to ensure effective investigation in a timely manner. This will in
turn help in better prosecution and conviction in sexual assault cases.