The human rights watchdog called the assertion “regressive, unfortunate and unkind to rape victims.”

“HRCP wants to unequivocally state that the latest pronouncement of the CII is regressive, brings no credit to this body and certainly not to the country, but most important of all it is exceptionally insensitive and unkind to rape victims,” said a press release by the commission.

On Wednesday, a meeting of the CII had declared DNA tests not acceptable as primary evidence in cases of rape, but could be used as a supporting evidence for confirmation of the crime.

The CII was also of the view that Islam has set procedures to determine cases of rape and said Islamic procedure should be adopted during investigation.