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Red dot identification system for Mithuru Piyasa to resolve social problems with medicolegal significance

Authors:

Konara Mudiyanselage Tikiri Bandara Gunathilake ,

Base Hospital, Awissawella, LK
About Konara Mudiyanselage Tikiri
Office of the Judicial Medical Officer
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Muditha Vidanapathirana

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
About Muditha
Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences
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Abstract

Introduction

We developed a team at the Mithuru Piyasa and introduced a new system called “Red Dot Identification System”. The main objective was to identify the causative agent or “Red dot” of the problem if available. To illustrate this brand new concept, following five cases were selected from 2328 patients who visited a Mithuru Piyasa for help in 2016.

 

Objectives

To assess the importance of “Red Dot Identification System” (RDIS) for Mithuru  Piyasa to resolve social problems with medicolegal significance. 

 

Background history

Case–01: Father suspected that child’s sexualized behaviour could be due to the observation of acts of mother’s extra-marital partner. Mother identified that grandmother misused the child. “Red dot” was the grandmother. Case- 02: Mother faced frequent desertion by her partners and neglected the child. Reason for desertions was her schizophrenia following postpartum psychosis. “Red dot” was the mother. Case-03: Daughters used to sleep with mother. Father developed morbid jealousy. “Red dots” were daughters. Case-04: The reason forquarrelling was morbid jealousy of husband. Case-05: A child was produced following assaults by neighbours.The parents were about to divorce. The child had a hyperactive disorder. Red dot” was the child.

 

Discussion

By identifying the Red dot, Mithuru Piyasa managed to counsel, arrange treatment and solve almost all such problems. Further, it enabled to keep families together or help them to separate peacefully. 

 

Conclusions

The proposed “RDIS” is an effective method of solving such family violence and should be expanded to other hospitals too.
How to Cite: Bandara Gunathilake, K.M.T. and Vidanapathirana, M., 2018. Red dot identification system for Mithuru Piyasa to resolve social problems with medicolegal significance. Medico-Legal Journal of Sri Lanka, 6(1), pp.27–30. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/mljsl.v6i1.7369
Published on 28 Jun 2018.
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