Medico-legal Institute: A Need of State
Keywords:Medico-legal, Medical colleges, Advisory Committee, State, AIIMS, Monetary
Medico-legal Institute have been in existence for centuries in several countries of the world. The importance
of setting up of Medico-legal Institute in every state of countries, closely associated with medical colleges,
for the systematic teaching of forensic medicine, training of specialists, for the investigation of Medicolegal
problems, etc., has been stressed by all the leading medical jurists of the world.The Health Survey
and Development Committee (The Bhore Committee) Government of India, 1946, in their report had
recommended the starting of Central Medico-legal Institute. Later, Government of India, Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare constituted a central Medico-legal Advisory Committee in year 1958, which
gave its reportin 1964 and recommendedevery state for establishment of such Medico-legal Institute. The
recommendation has been followed very lightly by establishing the Medico-legal Institute in few states only.
Now aday due to advancement of technologies and public awareness, Medico-legal issues are increasing
days by day. It is the demand of the time to take a solid step to solve these cases in legal and scientific ways.
Initiatives of establishment of medico-legal institute in every state can be one of the firm milestones for the
settlements of the maximum Medico-legal cases. As Government of India is in the process to establish All
India Institute of Medical sciences (AIIMS), in every state in which lands, buildings and manpower has
already been planned, so up-gradation of Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of every AIIMS
to the level of Medico-legal Institute will be an appropriate decision for reduction of monetary investment.
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