Postmortems to be conducted even after sunset in Delhi

  • Postmortem of cases related to organ donation will be done on priority
  • Video recording of all postmortems will be done to avoid any discrepancy and confusion in the process:Dy CM Manish Sisodia
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New Delhi, December 27, 2022:
Enabling a landmark reform in the national capital, the Delhi Government led by CM Arvind Kejriwal has made the Postmortem of dead bodies possible even after sunset in Delhi. This will not only change the situation for the relatives of the deceased who often have to wait a long time to receive the dead body but will also encourage organ donation and transplantation. In this regard, on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia directed the officials of the Health Department to conduct the postmortem even at night in hospitals with adequate facilities. Also asked the hospital in-charges to ensure all necessary infrastructure at the postmortem house.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “Due to the availability of postmortem facilities at night, people in Delhi will not have to wait long for the postmortem of the dead bodies. This will give a lot of relief to the relatives of the deceased. However, in the case of deaths where there is suspicion of murder, suicide, rape, or foul play, a provision has been made to examine the dead bodies only during the day.”
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Delhi government had sent a proposal to the Government of India for approval to conduct postmortems in hospitals after sunset. Such postmortems shall be carried out in hospitals that have adequate facilities to conduct them on a regular basis. Postmortem cases related to organ donation will be done on a priority basis. Earlier the dead bodies were kept safely in the mortuary during the night. The bereaved relatives had to wait the whole night to claim and bury the dead bodies. This made their pain worse. But now the dead bodies coming to the postmortem house at night will be attended immediately.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “To avoid any doubt or confusion, video recording of all the postmortems will be done throughout the night and it will be preserved for future reference for legal purposes. Apart from friends and relatives of the deceased, this new process will also promote organ donation and transplantation, as organs can be retrieved within a stipulated time after the procedure.”
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