INDIGENCE OF FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY IN LEGAL PRACTICE OF PAKISTAN

Forensic Odontology

  • Hashim Bin Mansoor Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Usman Zafar Kayani Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Reeja Khatoon Margala Dental College, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Erum Idrees Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Hira Zafar Kayani Margala Dental College, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Ayesha Aslam Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
Keywords: Forensic Dentistry, Criminal Lawyer, Dentistry

Abstract

Objective: To assess and interpret the utility and need of forensic dentistry in current judicial system of Pakistan.

Study Design: Cross sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, in the month of Jun, 2020.

Methodology: This questionnaire based cross-sectional study was conducted in a 1-month time frame, and a sample of 100 lawyers was recruited using snowball sampling technique and only criminal lawyers were included which had a minimum of 5 years of experience. Data was analyzed using SPSS-24.

Results: The results were quite significant, 81% (81 lawyers) of the population recognized the relationship of forensic dentistry with criminal litigation (p-value=0.006). Furthermore 86% (86 lawyers) believed that there are a limited number of practicing forensic dentists and a massive 96% (96 lawyers) of the population was not able to acquire the expertise of a forensic dentist.

Conclusion: There is a major lack of trained forensic odontologists and training institutes in Pakistan, which has a significant effect on the legal practices of Pakistan. Furthermore, it defines the lack of specialization trend in forensic odontology.

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Published
2021-10-31
How to Cite
Mansoor, H., Kayani, U., Khatoon, R., Idrees, E., Kayani, H., & Aslam, A. (2021). INDIGENCE OF FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY IN LEGAL PRACTICE OF PAKISTAN. PAFMJ, 71(5), 1709-12. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v71i5.5044
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