People misinterpreting medico legal protocols, says Dr K Prathibha on Dr Vandana's killing

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Tirur: The high court order on mandating policemen to stay away from doctors while conducting medical examination of accused has no impact on the killing of Dr Vandana Das at Kottarakkara hospital, said Dr K Prathibha who moved the court.

The government had earlier released an order prohibiting police presence while producing accused for medical check up, following the persistent efforts of Dr Prathibha, medical officer at Tanalur Family Healthcare Centre.

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Dismissing the claims that implementing the protocols indirectly led to Vandana's death, Dr Prathibha said that “the allegations that protocols prevented the police from protecting the young doctor are baseless and highly misleading.”

The doctor said that protocols were implemented for finding evidence of custodial torture.

“However a group of people are disturbed by its impact and they are trying to cash in on the situation,” she added.

Dr Prathibha had approached the high court forcing the government to issue an order for implementing medico-legal protocols as per the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission.

In fact, her efforts were mentioned in the report submitted by the Justice K. Narayana Kurup commission who investigated the Nedumkandam custodial death.

“The failure to take necessary precautions resulted in the tragic death of a young doctor in Kottarakkara,” says Dr K Prathibha.

“The protocols that need to be followed while bringing in culprits with a history of violent acts for medical check up were not followed in the particular case,” she added.

"As a result of the death of Dr. Vandana Das, there has been panic among healthcare workers. A fearless and safe working environment is everyone's right," she said.

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