At a time when women have made their presence felt in almost every profession, forensic medicine continues to be a male bastion. Very few women hold a post-graduate degree in forensic medicine.
When even the imagination of a dead body give jitters to everyone, these brave women take the task of breaking the Glass-ceiling.
It seriously need guts to dissect a dead person and these women are a symbol of their unrelenting power and determination.
Those who think women’s place is at the kitchen, ask yourself where is your place infront of these women.
“ Everyone do have this inhibition when one think about the job but if you are determined you will find it highly brainstorming and challenging” say Dr Yashoda Rani, HOD Lady Hardinge Forensic Department.
“Often, you are discouraged by family members to take up the profession. Whether it is the sight of the mortuary, the daunting task of dissecting corpses or the stressful court appearances, everyone prefer to stay away from forensic medicine. Only if you have a strong will that you will excel in it.”
Forensic expert’s report is what matters to convict a culprit, be it murder, accident, suicide or a rape case and their opinion is final and binding.
“ When someone’s loved one dies in mysterious circumstances or is killed, they just want to know the cause behind the death. Though the person is no more but knowing what leads to death gives some consolation to the family members and that cause is decided by the forensic expert” said Dr Sunita Sharma.
“It gives me immense satisfaction when I see that the report prepared by us helps the victim to get justice or those falsely implicated to be acquitted. The criminal justice system is fully dependent on the forensic doctors." said Dr Sanchita Das Kundu.
“But don’t you fear the job?” we asked.
“(with a smile) we work with a mission and the mission is to know what exactly happened and led to death. And when you work with a task, you don’t fear anything.”
“Ours is a job which no one wants to do but when a wrong happens then everyone wants to know what exactly happened.”
You talk to these women and you find them so humble and soft , that you fail to correlate the softness with their nerve wrenching task.
But the system as usual will always be against, no matter how hard you work and the process of court appearances could be a deterrent. "There have been instances where arrest warrants were issued for not appearing before the court in time. When these harassments are not easy for a man in the profession, it is even more difficult for a woman," said Dr Suddhadhan Batabyal, forensic medicine expert and principal of RG Kar Medical College and Hospital.
We salute the determination of these bold women who stood against the preconceived perception and changed the very rules of the so called ‘weaker gender’.
Dr Yashoda Rani, Dr Sunita Sharma, Dr Mukta Rani, Dr Sanchita Das Kundu, Dr Suparna Basak, Dr Molly Banerjee
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