Nagpur: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has made it mandatory for postgraduate (PG) trainees of Forensic Medicine (FM) Department of medical colleges across the country to conduct clinical forensic medical work. The guidelines are issued for competency based PG training programmes for MD in forensic medicine course.
The trainees would be required to conduct a minimum of 100 clinical forensic cases during entire training period in addition to the autopsy cases. The Delhi-based apex body also made it mandatory for the forensic departments running PG courses to conduct medico legal examination (MLE) of sexual assault victims.
According to Dr Indrajit Khandekar, professor and in-charge of Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit (CFMU) at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), who is the brain behind entire concept, MCI’s move would reform the medical education sector in India.
He had filed a PIL in Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court in 2012 for revamping the curriculum of forensic medicine subject. He prayed for making it mandatory for the students to handle clinical forensic work for effective practical teaching.
In view of court’s order, Dr Khandekar was invited by then chairman of MCI’s Academic Committee, Dr Vedprakash Mishra, in 2014 to discuss the issue. After he explained the whole concept of CFMU, latter assured him that this concept would be introduced in the country in a phase wise manner — first in PG courses and then to others.
Earlier in 2010, a PIL was filed on Dr Khandekar’s report of poor quality of forensic exam of rape cases where he had suggested to the government that forensic issues of rape cases should be handled by the experts, which was later endorsed by the MCI. “Now, we hope that the apex body would work to increase the staff requirement of forensic departments due to increase in workload,” he said.
Clinical forensic work means all the medico-legal work of living cases carried out for the investigation of crimes like, rape and other assault, accidents, serious injuries, torture, age estimation, alcoholic persons and dying declaration.
In 2012, MGIMS by taking into consideration the poor quality of medico-legal reports of rape and other clinical forensic cases, established unique CFMU under leadership of Dr Khandekar through the orders of then dean Dr BS Garg and medical superintendent Dr SP Kalantri. At that time, forensic department of MGIMS was the only one in the country handling forensic issues of rape and other clinical cases round the clock.