Exhumation | Anatomy2Medicine



  • Exhumation (MCQ)
  • It is done in the presence of a police officer


      • It is done under the supervision of a medical officer
      • It can be done after a written order from a District Magistrate
    • Reasons for exhumation is done (MCQ)


  • For establishing the identity of the deceased


      • To reestablish the cause of death, if some doubt occurs later
      • For civil purposes, such as compensation
      • To rebury the remains at a different location
    • There is no time limit for exhumation in India (MCQ)
    • Genuine recognized artefacts produced due to exhumation? (MCQ)


  • Fungal growth in and around body orifices—removal of this fungal growth leaves a discolored area, which may simulate bruising
  • Digging tools producing postmortem fractures
  • Postmortem fractures produced by digging tools may be very difficult to differentiate from genuine antemortem fractures.


  • If some toxic substance such as arsenic is found in the body on subsequent autopsy, it may be alleged that it leached in the body from the surrounding ground. .Hence in all exhumations ,how is the sample collected by a doctor
    • He should collect earth from above and below the coffin
    • He should collect earth from all four sides of the coffin
    • He should collect earth from some distance away from the coffin as control samples

If the toxic substance is absent in the soil or is present in lesser concentration than in the body, such allegations can be discarded.