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Indian J Psychiatry. 1999 Jul;41(3):179-85.

Forensic psychiatry in India current status and future development.

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MBBS, DPM, MRC Psych., FAPA, Consultant Psychiatrist and Ex-professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Seth G. S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai-400 012.


Forensic psychiatry is a developing superspeciality in India and other SAARC countries. After a brief historical review, the paper describes the current status of forensic psychiatry in India and compares it with the development in this field in Europe and America. It takes the stock of current scenario in three different areas viz., i) legal and clinical ii) teaching and training and Hi) research. It deliberates on need for teaching this subject at the undergraduate and the postgraduate medical and legal courses and necessity of full time consultants devoted to the practice of forensic psychiatry. It focuses on the recent developments in the field of forensic psychiatry like enactment of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substance Act (1985), Mental Health Act (1987), Juvenile Justice Act (1989), Act for the Disabled (1994) and the Consumer Protection Act (1986). The paper also recommends some strategies for teaching, training, research and future developments in this field.


Forensic psychiatry; India

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