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Activists in Mumbai demand employment for female mortuary workers

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Activists in Mumbai, India are complaining about the scarcity of women morgue workers after fifteen positions were advertised and no female candidate showed interest.

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According to a report from Mumbai Live, women are not interested in taking up positions as autopsy assistants or morgue attendants.

Only two women in Mumbai are working as autopsy assistants in for a total of nine hospitals that conduct post-mortems, and the concerned activists have called on the state government to entice more women forensic doctors.

Aziz Amreliwala, an activist who works with Hindustan Times, said he has personally written a letter to the state government requesting for an urgent action on the matter.

“If we have women doctors, nurses, police officers and laborers, then why can’t we have a separate morgue and women staff members conducting post-morten?” Aziz said.

There are a total of 124 positions advertised and 25 are still vacant, Hindustan Times reported.

Over the years, a large number of post-mortem centers have been established and women doctors are taking forensic courses but none of them wants to work as an autopsy assistant.

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Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar reportedly recorded about 2,220 post-mortem cases within the last 10 months. However, the hospital which handles most accident cases does not have a female autopsy assistant or morgue workers.

“When we announce for vacant positions, we intend to have both males and females. We have experienced a situation where all the applicants rejected the jobs even after taking interviews. It’s is a difficult job for women, and they hate to take such offers,” Dr SM Patil, a police surgeon told Hindustan Times.

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