Protect women’s dignity during autopsies, demands rights body

Patna: A rights body in Bihar has sought for only women doctors to perform autopsies on bodies of women at government hospitals, in a bid to protect their dignity in death.

Right now, autopsies are conducted by any doctor ­— and by male doctors mostly — in the absence of any specific rules.

The National RTI Forum, an association of social activists, brought up the demand after reports came out regarding women’s bodies being violated during post mortem procedures.

Taking a serious view of the situation, the organisation wrote to the Bihar Human Rights Commission, urging it to issue autopsy guidelines to the heath department.

The rights body has registered a strong protest over such treatment of women, even in death.

“We learnt that post mortem is done by mostly male doctors. This must be stopped forthwith,” AP Gautam, the organisation’s national chief, told the local media on Saturday, adding that the issue had come up for discussion at their recent meeting.

He asked the Bihar Human Rights Commission to issue necessary guidelines to the health department about engaging only women doctors to do autopsies of deceased women.

Recently the Patna High Court had asked the state government to arrange for post mortem houses in government hospital premises in every district.

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