Srinagar: A two-day national seminar on ‘Law, Medicine and Ethics’ began Tuesday at the Central University of Kashmir.
The seminar was organized by the Department of Law, School of Legal Studies, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) in collaboration with Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora.
The seminar discussed themes like surrogacy in India, medical ethics in Islam, Islamic perspective on human cloning, Islamic ethics in comparison to challenges from medical research and practice, Islamic perspective on medical ethics, Euthanasia ethical-legal debates, medical ethics: Islamic Perspectives, Criminal Investigation: Law & Ethics and Drug Abuse: Law & Ethics.
Dean School of Legal Studies, Sheikh Showkat Hussain said that new technology has created many challenges, which has forced us to debate such issues.
“Law, Medicine and ethics is an old topic which has been debated for many years. Earlier there were issue like if any women can go for abortion or not, but now we are seeing surrogacy, finger print mapping.”
“So many issues have cropped up and because of that law needs to be updated.” Participants gave a broad perspective on issues like surrogacy and cloning. Showkat Hussian, an Islamic teacher at the IUST said the seminar raised so many queries and solutions.
Speaking on Islamic perspective on medical ethics, Khazin Munir, research scholar at CUK while speaking, in Islam there is no such thing as giving up. “Mankind should make full use of their reasoning facility given by Allah SWT to solve any problem and the challenges they face,” Munir said.
CUK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din Mir, said with the technological interference, the faith of patients among doctors has faded away, as several cases have been bought in the court with regard to the negligence of doctors. He said that the handlers of new technology in medical profession have to be well equipped.
Vice Chancellor, IUST, Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Sidique, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion said that law, medicine and ethics were being discussed from thousands of years and that oath is still being administered by doctors, once they join this profession. He said that this century has thrown up new challenges, with the advancement of technology and the role of ethics became more and more important with the changing technology.
Registrar, Prof. M. Afzal Zargar, said that earlier these advances were limited to Science, but with the technological advancement, it has transferred into other sectors, in order to make the life of human beings better. He said that it has contributed significantly to unearth the crime. “We can now identify the culprit within no time and that too by just a drop of blood.”