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?System has retained faulty methods?

india Updated: Oct 15, 2006 15:12 IST

POINTING TO the faulty methods sustained by the system, head of the premier Medico-legal Institute at Bhopal Dr Divya Kishor Satpathy, today said there is a need to change the approach of everybody — police, advocates and doctors included — associated with the system that most of the times fails to deliver justice to the true criminals.

“When a crime takes place, the first one to reach the spot is a humble constable. Whatever he notes down in his panchnama is according to his understanding, his comprehension. So, chances are he has left out some important things just because he was not aware of its significance,” Dr Satpathy said at a symposium on ‘Challenges faced by the society, government and forensic science in view of the increased crime rate’ by the Govind Vallabh Pant District Hospital here.

“When such an incident takes place, most of the situational evidence is neglected. The panchnama is not done properly which leads to faulty decisions when the post-mortem is done,” Dr Satpathy, who has carried out nearly 75,000 post mortem in his 30-year career, said.

He also pointed out to the fact that unlike living humans, a dead body would never tell a lie and that is why, most complicated cases of crime can be solved simply by a proper and very meticulous post-mortem.

Highlighting the lack of values in children today, he also expressed unhappiness about the changing social structure and the system wherein the shift from joint family system to nuclear families has caused a lot of damage to the social fabric. Dr Satpathy also highlighted the role of women in atrocities against women.

Other speakers on the topic included Dr V S Bhatia of MGM Medical College and M Y Hospital, CMHO Dr K K Vijayvergiya, Director (Health) Dr Ashok Sharma, advocate P K Shukla, Congress leader and former IDA chairman Pandit Kripashanker Shukla, City mayor Umashashi Sharma and journalist Madan Mohan Gupta.

Advocate Shukla stated that a man may tell a lie but the situation never tells a lie, and this fact is utilised by the forensic science to get to the root of the truth. He also observed and pointed out the nuances in carrying out proper panchnama and post-mortem and role of all those concerned in the process.

Commenting on today’s social scenario in a satirical way, Pandit Shukla said “most of the people are misusing crime to safeguard selfish interests.” He also lambasted police for bowing to political pressures.

Expressing concern about the increasing crime graph in the City, particularly the domestic violence, Mayor Sharma urged, “We have to take efforts to remove the social maladies.”

Gupta said, “forensic science can rightly find out the true reason behind a crime and also give evidence about the person who committed it, but those who have the political backing get away even in case of solid evidence.”

“We need to bring about a change in the attitude in the society so that the last man, a common man is benefited through the system,” he added.

Earlier, the guests lighted the auspicious lamp to formally mark the inauguration. Dr Sanjeev Naik conducted the programme while Dr Subash Dubey proposed the vote of thanks.