Allowing any lady doctor to perform POCSO victims medical examination may affect case
Thiruvananthapuram: A group of doctors have opined that the move to appoint lady medical officers instead of gynaecologists for medical examination of girls who are victimised in Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases, is likely to affect medico-legal cases.
The defence counsel can argue in the court that the medical examination was not performed by an expert doctor. Such incidents commonly take place in court, they pointed out.
When there are no gynaecologists or if they are on emergency duty, the victim is normally referred to other hospital. However, this results in delay of medical examination.
Considering this, it has been suggested in the medico legal protocol that lady doctors who are not gynaecologists can be assigned to conduct medical examination. With this, training programmes have been initiated.
Lady medical officers are assigned for the duty according to the renewed medico-legal protocol. Some individuals cannot make decisions on this matter just because the case would not be valid in the court, said Dr R L Saritha, director of heath service.
Retired judge B Kamal Pasha stated that all doctors learn medical jurisprudence. The technical matters regarding examining a person who was subjected to sexual abuse is clearly mentioned in it. A lady doctor who is in service can collect evidence. It does not require expertise and the argument of the doctors is baseless, he added.