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Awareness of Forensic Odontology among Legal Professionals, Chennai, India.

Selvajothi P, Lavanya C, Joshua E, Rao UK, Ranganathan K - N Am J Med Sci (2014)

Bottom Line: Males were more aware of forensic odontology with respect to criminal identification (P = 0.001).All participants were aware that loss or fracture of tooth constitutes a grievous injury under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 320 clause 7(5).This study highlighted the knowledge of forensic odontology among legal professionals and also identified the areas in which they need further appraisal.

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Affiliation: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Ragas Dental College, Uthandi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: The forensic discipline of law is a multidisciplinary team comprising of specialists in forensic medicine, forensic odontology, security and law.

Aim: The study was to find the awareness level of scope and utility of forensic odontology among lawyers in Chennai, South India.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study using a self administered structured questionnaire was conducted in 200 lawyers between August and September of 2013. The data was analyzed depending on age, gender, type and years of practice.

Results: Lawyers above 40 years of experience were more aware of palatal rugae analysis (P = 0.02), and those with more than 20 years were aware of lip print (P = 0.001) and bite mark analysis (P = 0.001). Males were more aware of forensic odontology with respect to criminal identification (P = 0.001). The knowledge of bite mark analysis was higher among male lawyers (P = 0.001), civil and criminal practicing lawyers (P = 0.004). All participants were aware that loss or fracture of tooth constitutes a grievous injury under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 320 clause 7(5).

Conclusion: This study highlighted the knowledge of forensic odontology among legal professionals and also identified the areas in which they need further appraisal.

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Mentions: A total of 200 individuals participated in the study, and the response rate was 100%. Lawyers less than fourth decade of age comprised of 65%, and more than fourth decade accounted for 35%. The study group comprised of lawyers in the age group between 23-88 years. Males comprised of 80% and females 20% in our study. Depending on the experience in the specific field of law, 77% of the lawyers had experience less than 20 years, and 23% had experience more than 20 years. The civil practitioners included in the study were 20%, 39% criminal practitioners and 41% practicing in both [Figure 1].


Awareness of Forensic Odontology among Legal Professionals, Chennai, India.

Selvajothi P, Lavanya C, Joshua E, Rao UK, Ranganathan K - N Am J Med Sci (2014)

Sociodemographics of respodents
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Sociodemographics of respodents
Mentions: A total of 200 individuals participated in the study, and the response rate was 100%. Lawyers less than fourth decade of age comprised of 65%, and more than fourth decade accounted for 35%. The study group comprised of lawyers in the age group between 23-88 years. Males comprised of 80% and females 20% in our study. Depending on the experience in the specific field of law, 77% of the lawyers had experience less than 20 years, and 23% had experience more than 20 years. The civil practitioners included in the study were 20%, 39% criminal practitioners and 41% practicing in both [Figure 1].

Bottom Line: Males were more aware of forensic odontology with respect to criminal identification (P = 0.001).All participants were aware that loss or fracture of tooth constitutes a grievous injury under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 320 clause 7(5).This study highlighted the knowledge of forensic odontology among legal professionals and also identified the areas in which they need further appraisal.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Ragas Dental College, Uthandi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: The forensic discipline of law is a multidisciplinary team comprising of specialists in forensic medicine, forensic odontology, security and law.

Aim: The study was to find the awareness level of scope and utility of forensic odontology among lawyers in Chennai, South India.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study using a self administered structured questionnaire was conducted in 200 lawyers between August and September of 2013. The data was analyzed depending on age, gender, type and years of practice.

Results: Lawyers above 40 years of experience were more aware of palatal rugae analysis (P = 0.02), and those with more than 20 years were aware of lip print (P = 0.001) and bite mark analysis (P = 0.001). Males were more aware of forensic odontology with respect to criminal identification (P = 0.001). The knowledge of bite mark analysis was higher among male lawyers (P = 0.001), civil and criminal practicing lawyers (P = 0.004). All participants were aware that loss or fracture of tooth constitutes a grievous injury under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 320 clause 7(5).

Conclusion: This study highlighted the knowledge of forensic odontology among legal professionals and also identified the areas in which they need further appraisal.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus