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Type out post-mortem reports, doctors told

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 7:15am IST | Agency: dna

To ensure that illegible handwriting doesn't delay justice, the Maharashtra government has asked all doctors in the state to issue typed post-mortem reports instead of hand-written ones.

The government has invested the responsibility of implementing this decision on civil surgeons, district health officers and doctors in-charge of hospitals.

The decision comes after Dr Indrajit Khandekar had filed a PIL in January 2013 in the Nagpur bench of the high court seeking computerisation of all medico-legal reports and they being generated through forensic medical software.

The doctor had done a detailed study on illegible handwriting of medicos in forensic reports and found that it had often resulted in several problems during dispensation of justice in courts and adversely affected the criminal justice system.

Dr Indrajit Khandekar is an associate professor at Sewagram's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS).

His PIL had also pointed out that illegible handwriting was causing tremendous problems in the day-to-day functioning of the courts and was one of the impediments in carrying out justice.

The PIL had also submitted that the MLRs prepared by doctors in sexual assault cases, injuries in cases of assault and such other cases play a major role in implementing justice.

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