Mumbai activists demand government to bring in female morgue attendants

Out of 124 posts, 15 posts are vacant as no woman shows interest in working as a morgue attendant or autopsy assistant

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Mumbai activists have asked the state government to rope in more number of women forensic doctors as only two women are working as forensic doctors at the nine hospitals that conduct post-mortems.

In other hospitals, employees - who all are male - at the post-mortem centers prepares Accidental Death Report (ADR) and then prepare the body for an autopsy.

If we have women doctors, nurse, labourers and police officers, then why can’t we have a separate morgue and women staff members conducting a post-mortem,” Aziz Amreliwala, an activist to Hindustan Times. 

He had also written to the state government asking for more women attendants at the morgues.

As per the Hindustan Times report, the concerned officials said out of 124 posts, 15 posts are vacant and no women show interest to work in a morgue.

When we make the announcement for vacant positions, we call for males as well as females. There have been times when all the applicants have backed out even after appearing for the interview. It is a difficult task for females, and they don’t prefer to take the job,” Dr SM Patil, police surgeon to Hindustan Times.

In the last few years, the number of post-mortems centres have increased and several female doctors are taking up forensic courses but, no woman comes forward to work as an autopsy assistant. 

In the last 10 months, 2,220 post-mortems took place at Ghatkopar’s Rajawadi Hospital which gets the most number of accident cases but the hospital does not have women morgue workers.

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