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Is it mandatory for doctors to inform to police a case with history of sexual abuse?
Discussion in 'All Categories' started by Dr Abda Aazeen - Aug 23rd, 2016 7:36 pm.
Dr Abda Aazeen
Dr Abda Aazeen
I am treating one patient who was a victim of sexual abuse. She is afraid of complaining police as her carrier may be jeopardize. My question is: Is it mandatory for doctors to inform to police a case with history of sexual abuse?
re: Is it mandatory for doctors to inform to police a case with history of sexual abuse? by Dr J S Chowhan - Aug 23rd, 2016 7:51 pm
Dr J S Chowhan
Dr J S Chowhan
Dear Dr Abda Aazeen

There is a section called Section 39 of CrPC which gives a full list of offences, the information regarding which is to be mandatory provided to the police. That is, the doctor is duty bound to provide information about these enlisted offences (in Sec 39 CrPC) to the police. Failure to do so is punishable. However, the list of offences in Sec. 39 CrPC does not include the offence of sexual abuse. And hence, legally the doctor is not duty bound to inform the matter to the police, unless the patient or her relatives express their desire to do so or if the police seeks information about a particular case.

With regard
Dr J S Chowhan
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