Monash Law student wins national medical law essay prize

20 December 2016

Medico legal essay prize
ABOVE (L to R): Professor Bryan Horrigan, dean of the Monash University Faculty of Law; Monash Law student Tushka Sridharan, winner of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria Essay Prize in the 'law' division; Professor Vinay S. Rane, president of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria.

Monash Law student Tushka Sridharan has won the inaugural Medico-Legal Society of Victoria Essay Prize in the 'law' division.

Ms Sridharan's essay focused on the legal issues involved in the practice of child male circumcision.

"It is a particularly controversial issue in both the legal and medical spheres," says Ms Sridharan.

"Whilst female genital mutilation is expressly prohibited in the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), male circumcision is left largely unregulated."

Ms Sridharan's essay argues in favour of law reform, finding that the procedure infringes on the rights of the child that are far more readily taken into account in other medical scenarios.

The Medico-Legal Society of Victoria is one of the world's oldest continuously running medico-legal societies.

The essay competition was open to final year medical and law students all over Australia. The competition featured a legal and a medical category and was judged by esteemed and senior members of the legal and medical communities.

In a strong showing by Monash University, the winning essays for both competition categories were written by Monash students. Medicine student Swetha Prabhakaran took out the medical category for her essay on gender dysphoria.

The prize was awarded by the president of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria and Monash University alumnus Associate Professor Vinay S. Rane.