Special kits to probe sexual assault cases

  1. The Union Ministry has distributed 3,100 Sexual assault evidence collection kits (SAECK) or rape investigation kits among the States and Union Territories.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.