Sexual violence victims can wait years for India's overtaxed crime labs

Forensic experts collect samples from an area where a woman was gang-raped at Birbhum district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal in January 2014.

Story highlights

  • As of December, there were more than 12,000 DNA samples from sexual assault cases waiting in national forensic science labs
  • This backlog highlights a part of the criminal justice system left untouched by legal reforms

(CNN)On one hot summer night in 2016, Rani went to bed in her hut near the banks of the Yamuna River in Delhi.

Normally, she would have slept outside, where a breeze could provide some relief, but she did not feel well and had taken medicine that made her drowsy.
    But this meant she didn't notice when her 7-year old daughter, who was sleeping outside with the other children, was taken away.