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Times of India
07 February 2011
By Tarun.Nangia

To ensure that criminals are brought to book, the Yeshwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) has started a unique initiative — a training programme to impart medico–legal training to its staff as well as the police department staff. The initiative is being implemented at the post–mortem department of the hospital.

Accurate medico–legal information is essential in helping police nail the accused. Victims of many cases like accidents, victims injured in fights, attacks, etc. are admitted to the government–run YCMH and Sassoon hospital in the city. Much of the time, people succumb to injuries at the hospital. To know the exact cause of death, the time of attack as well as other essential information, these bodies are sent for a post–mortem.

Reports generated here are very important to the police, as they are essential in the court to help nab the accused. Sometimes, due to omissions on part of the police and doctors, the medico–legal reports do not have all the information required, which adversely affects the fate of the case.

"A team of three doctors are imparting medico–legal training to the medical professionals everyday," said Dr Anand Jagdale, medical superintendent, YCMH.

Police Inspector Mahesh Joshi said that the police have to refer every case to YCMH unnecessarily, as private hospitals refuse to give the exact and final cause of death in accidents cases or even for victims of other crimes. Hence, not only does the load on the post–mortem department increase, the police staff also have to spend a lot of time at the hospitals, at the cost of their other duties.

He said therefore, that medicolegal training would help the prosecuting agency in nailing the accused.

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