Women doctors must look into medico-legal cases, especially in the context of gender, Geetha Ramaseshan, advocate, Madras High Court said.

Appealing to members of the Woman Doctors Association during their annual conference, Ms. Ramaseshan laid emphasis on laws relating to violence against women and rape. Particularly in rape cases, where the key issues still revolve around proof of rape, consent, provocation, and virginity, without any concern about the state of mind of the victim. The question of ‘violence' remains unaddressed in most cases, she said.

Ms. Ramaseshan was speaking at the inaugural function of the annual conference of the Woman Doctors Association in the city on Saturday.

She also launched the website of the organisation: www.wda.co.in.

T.P.Saraswathy, former Director, Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology released a souvenir and spoke of the laborious process involved in providing proof and evidence for rape cases.

R. Kausalya Devi, senior teacher, and advisor, Kasturba Hospital, in Gandhigram, chronicled the efforts at introducing an integrated model of rural development in Gandhigram.

Shantha Kamath, psychiatrist, Schizophrenia Research Foundation, in her oration on Women and Mental Health, said clearly gender equalities had an impact on the health and well being of women.

Nirmala Jayasankar, consultant gynaecologist, Apollo Hospitals, spoke of the importance of creating awareness to prevent Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infections.

Mythili Bhaskaran, president, WDA, Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry, spoke.