- Soon, a forensic odontology department will be set up at Mumbai’s civic-run Nair Dental Hospital.
- This will help give a boost to the Maharashtra Police, to identify the accused, with the help of forensic science.
- The proposal to set up a forensic odontology department is being prepared and will soon be submitted to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the approval.
Forensic odontology or forensic dentistry means application of dental science for the purpose of investigations, where the accused is identified with the bite marks on the victim’s body.
In Maharashtra, forensic odontology has helped investigators solve cases like the Sheena Bora murder and Kopardi rape case.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Hemlata Pandey-Gala, a Forensic Odontology specialist said, “In India, we have a very few people who are experts in forensic odontology. And the investigating agencies rarely seek help of a forensic odontologist for the purpose of identifying the accused, during the investigation.”
Dr Hemlata further added, “There are a few institutions which provide training of the forensic odontology. In order to spread awareness of the forensic odontology in Maharashtra, a proposal is being prepared to set up a department in Nair Dental Hospital. Once the proposal is accepted by the BMC, the department will be set-up. After which, we are planning to introduce a one year course as well.”
The proposal is being prepared under the guidance of Dr Harish Pathak, Head of the Forensic department of Mumbai’s civic-run KEM Hospital.
Dr Rajeev Desai, Dean of Nair Dental Hospital, Dr Neelam Adadre and Dr Kulwindarsingh Banga are also involved in the process of setting up the forensic odontology department at Nair Hospital. As of now, the Indian Dental Association offers a one year fellowship course, informed Dr Hemlata Pandey-Gala.