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Symposium on ‘‘Role of Forensic DNA Technology in Expediting Justice and Fighting Crime’ on 17/07/2019.

 

Symposium on ‘‘Role of Forensic DNA Technology in Expediting Justice and Fighting Crime’ on 17/07/2019.

Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, New Delhi organized a symposium jointly in association with Ogilvy India on the ‘Role of Forensic DNA Technology in Expediting Justice and Fighting Crime’, held at India International Centre on 17th of July, 2019.

The event started with the welcome address followed by the National Anthem. The Opening remarks were given by Ms Arneeta Vasudeva, (Sr VP & Capability Head, PR) Ogilvy India. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr Sudhir K Gupta Head of the Department. The speech highlighted the need for educating and training first-line responders on proper collection & handling of DNA samples while at the same time creating dedicated infrastructure to attend to rape survivors. Dr Gupta explained the importance establishment of National one-stop sexual assault examination, care, and research centre enabled with state-of-the-art DNA collection and testing facilities. Dr BB Choudhary (DCP Delhi Police) talked about the role of investigating officers in collection and preservation of crime scene evidence. Dr Vivek Sehajpal (Additional Director, Himachal Pradesh FSL) gave an interactive presentation on how to collect & preserve DNA samples of different types, along with a practical demo of the DNA collection kits.

The second was a panel discussion led by the Dr Sudhir K Gupta, Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. The session was co-chaired by Dr Vivek Sehajpal, Dr Deepa Verma (Director, Delhi FSL), Dr Harish Pathak (Professor, KEM Mumbai), and Tim Schellberg (Founder & President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell).

The topics of discussion were:

· Role of forensic technology like DNA in fighting crime and building safer communities.

· Forensic examination, care and counselling of victim critical for collection of evidence against culprit.

· Challenges with samples that arrive at the lab.

· Where and how does the evidence get contaminated?

· How does contaminated DNA evidence impact yield?

· How is DNA extracted, segmented and analysed to create a sequence.

· Global Perspective on Forensic DNA – Breakthroughs across the world in DNA casework; success of databases and busting myths; India’s progress, challenges & opportunities.

Expert Panel emphasized on the rise in demand for DNA testing and increasing our capacity for Justice to survivors of Sexual Assault. Panel recommended the plan for specialised trained crime scene examination teams to ensure quick retrieval of Forensic evidence while ensuring proper collection and preservation. Dr Harish Pathak shared his experience from his centre where One stop crisis centre is established and is functional. Mr. Tim Schellberg while quoting Nirbhaya Gangrape trial showed the need and the power of DNA sample in helping the prosecution build an airtight case based on the DNA of the accused found at the crime scene. It was followed by the discussion session where audience came up with their queries regarding the topics discussed and the practical difficulties faced by the doctors of Forensic Medicine in the India. The event ended with the vote of thanks and felicitation of the chairpersons.

The event was coordinated by Dr Kulbhushan Prasad, Asst Professor and Dr Abhishek Yadav, Asst Professor along with Resident doctors of the Department.

Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics

Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics

29/08/2018

The role of Forensic Medicine experts is not limited only to complete postmortem examination and routine medicolegal duties. The concept of humanitarian approach such as Dignified Management of Dead, providing comfort to grieved relatives, relevant forensic issues affecting the living etc are very relevant considering socio-cultural realities of the society but are often neglected in the day to day duties of a Forensic expert. Keeping this relevant but neglected aspect in mind, an initial step was envisaged by Dr Sudhir K Gupta, Professor and Head and Dr Uwom Eze, Forensic Coordinator, ICRC.

A Symposium was held on 29/08/2018 to increase awareness, knowledge, sensitization and responsiveness particularly among young Forensic Medicine experts who are the future of this country. This symposium was a joint venture of AIIMS & International Committee of Red Cross (India) with vision and aim to discuss the Humanitarian aspects of Forensic Medicine practice for future guidelines and a roadmap, and also discussing the operational aspects and capacity building, with your active collaboration as a stakeholder.

The event started with registration of delegates. The event was formally inaugurated by Dr Sudhir K Gupta, Professor & Head of the Department. The following speakers addressed the delegates:

  1. Dr Sudhir K Gupta, Prof & Head: “Humanitarian aspects of Forensic Medicine” and he shared his personal experiences of dealing with disaster scenarios while working in AIIMS. He focussed on Disaster Victim Identification and repatriation of the victims with their relatives.
  2. Dr BB Chaudhary, DCP, Home guards: “Police Perspective” towards Humanitarian Forensic Action.
  3. Dr. Mahesh Babu, Gujarat Forensic Science University: “Introduction of International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics”
  4. Dr Uwom Eze, Regional Forensic Co-ordinator, ICRC: “Humanitarian Forensic Practice”.

This was followed by an interactive session with all the participants, where all deliberated and discussed about the Humanitarian aspects of Forensic Medicine practice for future guidelines, operational aspects and capacity building. The vote of thanks was given by Dr Abhishek Yadav (Asst Professor).

The event was co-ordinated by Dr Kulbhushan Prasad (Asst Prof), Dr Abhishek Yadav (Asst Professor), Dr Antara Deb Barma (Senior resident), Dr Swati Tyagi (Senior Resident) along with the support of other resident doctors and staff of the Department. Dr Prashanth Bhagvath coordinated the event from ICRC side. The Workshop was followed by Lunch for all delegates. Altogether, about 90 delegates attended the symposium and participated actively with their inputs.

 

Interactive Lecture in association with Embassy of Hungary.

 

Interactive Lecture in association with Embassy of Hungary.

07/12/2018

Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, New Delhi organized an interactive academic meet jointly in association with Indian Association of Friendships with Foreign Countries (IAFFC) and Embassy of Hungary, New Delhi, in the Board room of the Department on 7th of December, 2018 at 11:30 AM.

The interactive lecture was given by Dr Viktor Soma Poor, Assistant Professor, University of Pecs, Hungary and the topics of lecture were:

  1. Semmelweis: His Life and Legacy.

  2. Diagnosis of Drowning: Hungarian experience.

The session was chaired by the respected Head of the Department, Dr Sudhir K Gupta and Dr Hilda Farkas, Counselor, Science and Technology, Embassy of Hungary. Dr J S Nischal, Secretary, IAFFC was also present. The event was coordinated by Dr Kulbhushan Prasad, Asst Prof and Dr Abhishek Yadav, Asst Professor with Dr Antara Debbarma, Senior resident of the Department.

The event started with the welcome address followed by the National Anthem. The topic was presented by Dr Viktor Soma Poor, Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine ,University of Pecs. The first session was a walk through the life of Ignac Semmelweis, the Hungarian physician whose work resulted in drastically reducing the number of women dying after child birth by mere introduction of handwashing, but was put in a mental asylum where he tragically passed away. Even today his work has not yet received the due acknowledgment by the medical fraternity. He also advised the young budding researchers in the department to “To see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought”. The second session was presented by him regarding the diagnosis of drowning, which included DNA based identification of diatom and algae. Following these two sessions, the faculties and residents came up with their queries regarding the topics discussed and the practical difficulties faced in diagnosing a case of drowning by the doctors of Forensic Medicine in the India. The event ended with the vote of thanks and felicitation of Dr Viktor Soma Poor by Dr Sudhir K Gupta. 

 

Workshop on Dignified Management of the Dead

Workshop on Dignified Management of the Dead

17/03/2018

Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, New Delhi organized a Workshop in association with International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), in Technology Hall, CMET on 17th of March, 2018. The Workshop focused on concept of Dignified Management of Dead, providing comfort to grieved relatives, relevant forensic issues affecting the living etc. The aim of the Workshop was to increase awareness, knowledge, sensitization and responsiveness particularly among Forensic Medicine experts working in Delhi.

The event started with registration of delegates and the welcome address was delivered by Head of the Department, Dr Sudhir K Gupta followed by the National Anthem. In the Inauguration ceremony, the following dignitaries were on the dais and also addressed the delegates:

  1. Dr Sudhir K Gupta, Prof & Head.
  2. Prof Randeep Guleria, Director AIIMS.
  3. Mr Jeremy England, Head of ICRC Regional Delegation, South Asia.
  4. Presidential Address was delivered by Chief Guest, (Retd) IAS R K Jain, NDMA.
  5. Dr BB Chaudhary, DCP, Home guards
  6. Prof Adarsh Kumar.

Dr. Uwom O. Eze (Regional Forensic Coordinator, ICRC) discussed about “ICRC Humanitarian Forensic Action”. Dr Bipin B. Chaudhary, DCP, Homeguards, deliberated about “Police Perspective” towards Humanitarian Forensic Action. This was followed by High Tea, after which the Delegates were assembled into different workgroups to deliberate and discuss the Humanitarian aspects of Forensic Medicine practice for future guidelines, operational aspects and capacity building. The following were the Working Groups:

  1. Group 1: Body Recovery procedures from disaster site to Forensic  Human Identification
  2. Group 2: Existing Autopsy and Mortuary practices
  3. Group 3: Policy, Procedures and Practice on Management of the Dead in India
  4. Group 4: Coordination and Communication with other stakeholders
  5. Group 5: High throughput Mortuary Management in Large Scale Disasters

This was followed by 10 min Presentation by each of the Working Groups and Compilation of recommendations by rapporteurs. The Workshop was concluded by Closing Remarks, delivered by Head of the Department, Dr Sudhir K Gupta.  The event was co-ordinated by Dr Adarsh Kumar (Prof), Dr Kulbhushan Prasad (Asst Prof), Dr Abhishek Yadav (Asst Professor), Dr Antara Deb Barma (Senior resident), Dr Arijit Dey (Senior Resident) along with the support of other resident doctors and staff of the Department. Dr Prashanth Bhagvath coordinated the event from ICRC side. The Workshop was followed by Lunch for all delegates. Altogether, about 80 delegates attended the workshop and participated actively with their inputs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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