Author(s): Hadi S
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Abstract The penal laws in Pakistan went through sweeping reforms in 1979 with intent to bring them in line with the Islamic Jurisprudence. The introduction of these laws repealed the definitions as well as punishments of various types of injuries. Besides that these laws also redefined and reclassified the crime of murder. The laws required that the injuries be identified and documented by an authorized physician. The new classification of injuries and deaths, lack of proper forensic training of the emergency room physicians, performance of medicolegal work by doctors at the earliest stages of their careers and theoretical methods of undergraduate teaching in forensic medicine are matters of concern as they adversely affect the quality of medicolegal work performed in the country. This article gives an overview of the medicolegal system of Pakistan. It also reviews the current laws, their impact on the medical and legal systems of the country and offers some recommendations to correct the existing situation of forensic training and work standards.
This article was published in J Clin Forensic Med
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics