On Saturday, two militiamen raped a woman in Foro Baranga locality, West Darfur.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a relative of the victim reported that two militiamen ambushed the woman and her two daughters, as they were returning from their farm near Ras El Fil.
“When they tried to flee, one of the attackers fired at them, hitting the mother in her legs. Her daughters managed to escape,” he said. “The men then raped the mother alternately despite her injuries and bleeding feet.”
The daughters informed the police of Ras El Fil, who, together with a rescue team formed by people in the neighbourhood found the victim lying on the ground in a bad condition.
She was admitted to the hospital after the relatives officially reported the incident to the police and obtained a Form 8*.
The Form 8 used to be obligatory for victims before being allowed medical treatment, until the law was revised in 2005. However, there are doctors who still refuse to treat rape victims without the form for fear of reprisals.
* Form 8: In Sudan, medical evidence of an assault is admitted solely via the so-called Form 8. It can be issued only by police stations, or approved hospitals and clinics. Critics state that the procedure is “glaringly inadequate”, as sufficient medical evidence is often very difficult to obtain.