Prof. Peiris highlights need to change laws in Sri Lanka
Especially in areas such as torture



External Affairs Minister, Prof. G. L. Peiris highlighted the need of change of laws in Sri Lanka, especially in the areas such as torture where Judicial Medical Officers are closely working with.


He said that academic bodies such as the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka should initiate a dialogue on gray areas in law and legal medicine with relevant professionals.


"That is how the momentum for changes are started", the Minister told the Induction Ceremony of the 7th President of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka in Colombo.


The College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka, a syndicate of specialists in Legal Medicine in Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Health and University academics was formed in 2000 to uplift the standards in Forensic Medicine and to promote co-operation, co-ordination and fellowship among those in the disciplines associated with the specialty.


On its 10th anniversary, the 7th President of the College Dr. Uthpala Attygalle, Consultant JMO, Base Hospital, Embilipitiya, was ceremonially inducted by the outgoing President Dr. Ananda Samarasekera, Chief Consultant JMO, Colombo. The Induction Ceremony was held at Sapphire Ballroom of the Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo on July 24 with the participation of members from the Judiciary, officials from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, and members from the College as well as representatives from other colleges.


The chief guest was Professor Peiris while the guest of honour was Thilak Marapana, P.C., former Attorney General of Sri Lanka. Several Parliamentarians including Dr. (Mrs.) Sudharshani Fernandopulle, Consultant Community Physician, Mrs. Talatha Atukorale Attorney- at- Law and Wijedasa Rajapaksha, PC, participated.


Dr. Ananda Samarasekera, the outgoing president in his welcome addressed highlighted what has been done by the College so far and the need of further training and improvement of the field as forensic medicine is directly involved with the administration of justice.


Thilak Marapana while congratulating Dr. Attygalle said there are many areas in the law as well as legal medicine that need change.


Dr. Uthpala Attygalle, newly inducted president addressed the gathering on "A change in Forensic Medicine in Changing world". He said that "A change in a better direction" has been the theme at present and said the College has the expertise to propose and the capability to draft the necessary alterations with the collaboration of the other specialists, when and where necessary.


He urged the membership to participate in the College activities especially as the college is at the finalizing stages of few proposals of changes in practice of legal medicine. He further highlighted how legal medicine can change with digital ear of technology and what we initially need is the change of our attitudes.


Dr. Mrs. M. T. B. Kariyawasam, former Senior Assistant JMO, Colombo and Dr. L. B.L. de Alwis, former Consultant Judicial Medical Officer, Colombo and Founder President of the College were felicitated. Dr. Ananda Samarasekera read the citation for Dr. Mrs. Kariyawasam, while Dr. Nilukshi Abeysinghe read the citation for Dr. de Alwis. Dr. Indira Kitulwatte, Honorary Joint Secretary, gave the vote of thanks.


 


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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