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Teach forensic medicine to police, says Nazki

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Stresses need for coordinated system for crime investigation





  • TIMELY DETECTION!: The DGP, Swaranjit Sen , removes the wrong nameplate for Justice Bilal Nazki , acting Chief Justice of the High Court, at a conference in Hyderabad on Friday.

    HYDERABAD: The acting Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, Bilal Nazki on Friday suggested that every police station in the State have at least one policeman who is conversant with forensic sciences.

    Addressing the gathering at the second annual conference of the South India Medico Legal Association (SIMLA-05) at Gandhi Medical College here, Mr. Justice Nazki proposed a mechanism wherein forensic doctors become part of the crime investigation team.

    "How many police personnel have the knowledge of forensic medicine? We are not educated in forensic medicine at all. A policeman knows the same methods of criminal investigation which he knew 50 years ago," he observed.

    He underlined the need to have a coordinated system for crime investigation involving the forensic doctors, police and the judiciary. "Our doctors are briefed by investigating officers on the circumstances that lead to a crime," he observed.

    Act in concert

    He suggested that a mechanism be evolved wherein the three wings -- doctors, police and judiciary are trained in forensic medicine. "The forensic doctor does not know what the police are doing, the policeman does not know what the doctor is doing while courts do not know what both are doing."

    Stating that the origin of forensic medicine in India can be traced to the Vedas, he said that history of forensic medicine is older in India than in countries like the US or Europe. "Forensic sciences developed in India, it is as good as in the US. But its application here is at the lowest level," he said.

    Giving an example of how a complicated murder case was solved in the US through the application of forensic medicine, Mr. Justice Nazki said there was a difference of application of forensic medicine in a developed country and India.

    Plea to students

    Director-General of Police, Swaranjit Sen, guest of honour at the programme, said that the police depended heavily on forensic experts in a large number of cases.

    "The police fully realise the importance of forensics and all doctors who help us in getting at the bottom of the truth," he said.

    The Director of Medical Education, G. Sai Gopal, said that in the U.S., forensic medicine was a famous subject and lot of students opted for it. "Here, not many take up the subject due to various reasons," he said appealing to students to take up forensic medicine as their subject. The two-day conference is organised by the Department of Forensic Medicine of Gandhi and Osmania Medical Colleges.

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