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All Autopsies have to be Videographed: Court Orders All Government Hospitals


All Autopsies have to be Videographed:  Court Orders All Government Hospitals

The petitioner alleged that no post mortems were done and certificates were simply signed without even the conduct of actual post mortem. Only the name, age and the police station name were changed on pre-drafted certificates and dispatched.

Tamil Nadu: The Madras High Court bench here Tuesday directed the government hospitals in Tamil Nadu to ensure the presence of senior forensic experts during post-mortems, and videograph the procedure.

Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar gave the directive while hearing public interest litigation (PIL) of Aravind Swaminathan who alleged various lapses, including mentioning of wrong names and addresses in the post-mortem reports.

The petitioner claimed that over 700 post-mortem reports had not been signed by the doctor concerned. Further, he alleged that a copy-paste system was followed while it came to the preparation of the reports and issuing certificates.

The certificates were simply signed without even the conduct of actual post mortem. Only the name, age and the police station name were changed on pre-drafted certificates and dispatched. Even the identification marks were not looked into properly, Hindu quot.es the petitioner as stating

The court, on its own, ordered that the Dean of the Government Rajaji Hospital here be impleaded in the case and posted the matter to March 19 for further hearing.

 The next hearing in the case will be on March 19 after the filing of reports.


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  1. To be frank, Forensic experts are doing their jobs at an fair level. For example If one police is demanding bribe whether we have to punish entire police department.

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    Dr.Milind Sonawane March 9, 2019, 6:53 pm

    Yes it is necessary to video graph each post mortem to avoid from bias and manipulated reports,it sld be compulsory,every centre sld provide that facility

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    Dr. Tripti Talapatra March 7, 2019, 10:13 am

    Very good decision. Should be applied in pan- India basis.

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    Dr RAMESHVARDHAN March 6, 2019, 5:00 pm

    I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE MR ARVIND SWAMINATHAN FOR HIS CURRAGE COMMITMENT AND CONCERN FOR FILING P I L ABOUT THE NEGLIGENCE & TOWARDS CONDUCTING OF AUTOPSIES IN THE STATE TAMIL NADU . I THINK IT IS SAME, WHEN IT COMES OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ALSO. I THANK THE 2 BENCH JUDGES HEADED BY JUSTICES N KIRUBAKARN & JUSTICE S S SUNDER OF HONORABLE HIGH COURT OF TAMIL NADU. I WISH ALL THE AUTOPSIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CARRIED WITH DIGNITY ( AS AN ACT DIVINITY , INSTEAD OF DEVILISH ACT AS IT IS DONE OUR BRAVE HEARTS BY ONE OF OUR ENEMY COUNTRY ). THAT\’S IS THE MAIN RESION FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE RELATIVES SHOW RELUCTANTCY / REFUSAL FOR THE POST-MORTEM / AUTOPSY IN OUR SOCIETY / COUNTRY. EXCEPT FOR ONE AND ONLY ONE MEDICAL COLLEGE IN INDIA , I HAVE NOT COME ACROSS A DECENT MORTUARY / PLACE AUTOPSY IN INDIA , THAT WAS ONE OF NEWER UPCOMING MEDICAL COLLEGE IN THE STATE OF UTTAR PRADESH , A PLACE CALLED BANDA IN BHUDELKAND REGION . IT WAS A WORLD CLASS FOR PERFORMING POST-MORTEM / AUTOPSY . IT COULD PUT MANY OF THE OPERATION THEATRES TO SHAME. AND NO EXCEPTION TO THE PLACE WHERE I AM WORKING.