Custodial deaths: State govt issues new guidelines for post-mortems

Mubarak Ansari
Monday, 6 August 2018

The Home Department issued the guidelines on August 2. A new format has been given and jurisdiction of the medical colleges has been given. Also, the forensic pathologist has been made responsible for immediately sending the PM report and video of PM to the NHRC at the earliest. The pathologist has to work with a panel of two doctors and the videographer has to be taken from a panel formed by the district collector. The cost of videography has to be initially borne by the dean of the medical college and later, it has to be reimbursed from the respective police commissioner, superintendent of police or prison.

Pune: The State government has issued guidelines about post-mortem (PM) of a person who dies in police custody or jail. Now, post-mortem can be done at 17 medical colleges and videography has to be done and report to be sent to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Earlier, the post-mortem was being done at only a few places which led to delays and created law and order problem due to protests by relatives of deceased persons.

The Home Department issued the guidelines on August 2. A new format has been given and jurisdiction of the medical colleges has been given. Also, the forensic pathologist has been made responsible for immediately sending the PM report and video of PM to the NHRC at the earliest. The pathologist has to work with a panel of two doctors and the videographer has to be taken from a panel formed by the district collector. The cost of videography has to be initially borne by the dean of the medical college and later, it has to be reimbursed from the respective police commissioner, superintendent of police or prison.

According to officials, earlier the body had to be taken to far away designated PM centres, which caused unnecessary burden on staff and family members of the deceased. Pune-based BJ Medical College’s forensic department has been designated to conduct post-mortem for custodial deaths in Pune and Ahmednagar districts.

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