Dutch law to force rapists to undergo HIV test

11th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

The new law, which will come into force 1 July 2010, will allow the rapists’ victims to seek treatment quickly if necessary.

The Hague – The Dutch parliament approved legislation Tuesday that will force suspected rapists to undergo a blood test for HIV in order to give victims a chance to get treatment if necessary.

"Prosecutors will be able to compel a crime suspect ... to subject to a blood test," the justice ministry said in a statement.

"This can then be used to determine whether the suspect is a carrier of the HIV virus or of other serious infectious diseases like Hepatitis B or C which can be transferred to a victim in the execution of a crime."

The law, already approved by the lower house and now also by the senate, should come into force on 1 July 2010.

"In this legislation, the interests of the victim reign supreme," said the statement. "For the victim, a blood test must be done soon after the crime so that preventive drugs can be administered quickly."

Currently, is it up to the crime victim to seek a court order to force their assailant to give blood for a test.

AFP / Expatica

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