Staff Reporter

In post-mortem certificates submitted as evidence in courts

“Pondicherry University will start a certificate course in forensic sciences”

PUDUCHERRY: Judges of the Madras High Court T. Sudanthiram and S. Palanivelu on Saturday urged forensic experts to provide more accurate opinion and give reasons in detail in post-mortem certificates that are submitted as evidence in courts.

They were addressing delegates at the IV annual conference of South Indian Medico Legal Association (SIMLA).

In his inaugural address, Mr. Justice T. Sudanthiram said the governments should take steps to provide modern facilities and equipment needed for proper forensic study in cases.

“Medical opinion regarding fixing the time of death, setting of rigor mortis, age of deceased persons and other things must be as accurate as possible since they help the court make decisions in a better manner,” he said.

Mr. Justice Palanivelu, who released the conference souvenir, said all doctors should be periodically trained in forensic medicine as in the absence of a forensic expert, other doctors perform post-mortem.

“Forensic studies is just one paper in the second year for medical students, which gives them basic principles . The government should provide training to doctors of all specialties,” he said.

Pondicherry University Vice-Chancellor J.A.K. Tareen said the university will start a certificate course in forensic sciences under the law school.

K. Ravindran, Head, Forensic Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and organising president of SIMLA, and Abraham G. Thomas, Director-Principal, PIMS, also spoke.