The rape investigation kits are being procured by state governments with financial support from the Nirbhaya Fund, she said. The fund aims to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards ensuring safety of women in India.
For quick investigation in rape cases, the ministry is ensuring that police stations and hospitals across the country are equipped with the specially-designed rape evidence kits, Ms Gandhi said.
She added that the kit comprises essential items which will help in furnishing evidence such as blood and semen samples in cases of rape and sexual assault. The kits will also contain instructions on the evidence that needs to be collected from the crime scene, she said.
The results from the medical examination will be provided within two months of sending the kits to the closest labs.
"Once a proper identification of sexual crime has been done and all the evidence gathered, the time-line for rape leading to conviction could be cut by years," she said.
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