Knowledge & Perception of General Population on Forensic Autopsy in Ahmedabad City

Authors

  • Dushyantkumar Barot1 , Mohammed Musaib M. Shaikh2 , Jayjeet Trivedi3 , R. S. Bhise4

Keywords:

Knowledge; Perception; Medico-legal Autopsy; General Population

Abstract

The Autopsy is beneficial in determining, the cause of death, time since death, validity of therapeutic

modalities, potential medico-legal issues surrounding death and providing data on disease & injury.

This cross-sectional study was carried out on a general population of Ahmedabad City with the help of

questionnaires specially prepared in vernacular language i.e. Gujarati. We observed that overall awareness

is quite good regarding the aims and objectives of postmortem examination in the general population. But

general populations have poor knowledge about legal procedure regarding post mortem examination. Among

the respondents who rejected autopsy, most of them feared of disfigurement of the body of their near ones,

followed by delays in funeral, the involvement of police/court & fear of removal of the organs. Refusal on

the religious ground was the least common reason cited by the participants. People have to be made aware of

the process and importance of a medico-legal autopsy by various programs & seminars so that the relatives

won’t resist autopsy of their near ones.

Author Biography

Dushyantkumar Barot1 , Mohammed Musaib M. Shaikh2 , Jayjeet Trivedi3 , R. S. Bhise4

1 Assistant Professor, 2Associate Professor, 3Tutor, 4Professor& Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, Dr. M. K

Shah Medical College & Research Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. India

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Dushyantkumar Barot1 , Mohammed Musaib M. Shaikh2 , Jayjeet Trivedi3 , R. S. Bhise4. (2020). Knowledge & Perception of General Population on Forensic Autopsy in Ahmedabad City. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 1869-1872. Retrieved from http://medicopublication.com/index.php/ijfmt/article/view/10690