If you are the victim of an acid attack or rape, you have the right to get free first aid from any government or private hospital. If a hospital refuses treatment, the person in charge can be punished by up to 1 year in prison. The hospital is also supposed to immediately inform the police of the crime.
The medical examination of the survivor is supposed to happen within 24 hours of the filing of the FIR. However, it can only happen with the consent of the survivor. The doctor who examines the survivor is supposed to make a report with full details and conclusions, and also record the exact time at which the medical examination started and was completed. Recently, updated guidelines have been issued to hospitals on the way to conduct medical examination of survivors. This medical report is supposed to be sent to the police officer conducting the investigation. The officer is then supposed to send it to the Magistrate immediately.
In cases where the crime has been committed against a child, if the child is less than 12 years old, the child’s parents or guardian can give consent to the medical examination. Between the ages of 12 and 15, a doctor can decide whether the child is mature enough to give consent.0