Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Personal Style: Dr Porntip Rojanasunan

Dr Porntip Rojanasunan
images from Dr Porntip Rojanasunan Fans Club Facebook

For someone known as “Dr. Death”, Dr. Porntip Rojanasunan, widely accepted as the best forensic pathologist in Thailand,  is not what you expect and certainly not someone you easily forget.

The 50-something Dr. Porntip has her own personal style which I can only describe as glam-punk with spiky, multi-coloured hair paired with trendy, fashionable outfits. And she looks great!

But she’s more than just a pretty face.

She’s been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers worldwide and has a Facebook fan club, for her work in fighting for justice for those who can no longer speak for themselves.

Dr. Pornthip is an outspoken human rights activist, using her skills in forensics to find evidence of police abuse. Despite harassment, threats and lawsuits, she frequently challenges suspect autopsy findings by police, pointing out cases of abuse.

Criminal forensics was directly under police control until, due to Dr. Porntip’s efforts, the Central Forensic Science Institute was set up, reporting directly to the Ministry of Justice.

Dr. Porntip is the current Director of the institute and has introduced DNA evidence to Thailand.
Her next goal is to set up a national missing persons institute, to record the many cases of unexplained disappearances and deaths in Thailand.
After the 2004 Tsunami, she headed efforts to identify victims in Southern Thailand, and assisted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

The energetic Dr. Porntip is the author of several crime books and a frequent crime commentator on the news.

On a personal level, Dr. Pornthip has successfully undergone treatment for 2 cases of cancer. She relaxes by spending time with her family and cooking.

Explaining her unique personal style, she says she had wanted to be an interior designer. She chose forensics over conventional medicine because she liked solving puzzles and because,

“As a doctor, I can’t wear whatever I want. I suppose I express my creative side through my dressing. And the dead do not complain about the way I look.” *

* source: the star publication

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