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Forensic Medicine Curriculum In MBBS Is Inadequate and Irrational

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Doc Moves HC for Revamp of Forensic Medicine SyllabusA division bench of Bombay High Court, at Nagpur, comprising of Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Prasanna Varale, Thursday, issued notices to health ministries of centre and state along with Medical Council of India (MCI) and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), in a petition filed by Dr Indrajit Khandekar, seeking immediate revision of curriculum of forensic medicine under MBBS, as the same according to him is not only inadequate but also irrational.

Dr. Indrajit is in-charge of Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit and associate professor at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) at Sevagram, Wardha near Nagpur.

He has pleaded before the court that the existing syllabus of forensic medicine under MBBS has no scope and provision for practical teaching of forensic medicine like other clinical subjects. The plea is based on a study report by himself.

Anil Kilor, counsel for Dr Indrajit, submitted before the HC that there is no scope for practical teaching of clinical forensic medical postmortem works. Citing the petitioners exhaustive study, the counsel pointed out that there are shortcomings in the medico-legal examination in assault cases, recording of dying declaration, sexual violence examination, injury report preparation, explaining cases to police, preservation of stomach wash and vomited material at the time of treating poisoning, patient’s age estimation, alcoholic and weapon exams, burn and dowry cases and while giving opinions in courts.

The counsel further argued there is gross violation of various guidelines by medicos while handling medico-legal cases, leading to miscarriage of justice.

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