Knowledge & Perception of General Population on Forensic Autopsy in Ahmedabad City
Keywords:Knowledge; Perception; Medico-legal Autopsy; General Population
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.
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