Bombay Corneal Grafting Act, 1957
Bombay Act No. 33 of 1957
(a) "approved institution" means a hospital or a medical or teaching institution for therapeutic purposes approved by the State Government for the purposes of this Act;
(b) "near relative" means any of the following relatives of the deceased, namely, a wife, husband, parent, son, daughter, brother and sister and includes any other person who is related to the deceased (a) by lineal or collateral consanguinity within three degrees in lineal relationship and six degrees in collateral relationship, or (b) by marriage either with the deceased or with any relative specifically mentioned in this clause or with any other relative within aforesaid degrees.Explanation. - The expressions "Lineal and Collateral consanguinity" shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Indian Succession Act, 1925.
(c) "registered medical practitioner" means a practitioner practising any system of medicine and recognised as a registered medical practitioner under any law for the time being in force in India.3. Removal of eyes of deceased person. - (1) If any person either in writing at any time, or orally in the presence of two or more witnesses during his last illness, has expressed a request that his eyes be used for therapeutic purposes after his death, the person lawfully in possession of his body after his death may, unless he has reason to believe that the request was subsequently withdrawn, authorise the removal of the eyes from the body for those purposes. (2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), the person lawfully in possession of the body of a deceased person may authorise the removal of the eyes from the body for the purposes aforesaid unless that person has reason to believe
(a) that the deceased had expressed an objection to his eyes being so dealt with after his death, and had not withdrawn such objection ; or
(b) that a near relative of the deceased objects to the deceased eyes being so dealt with.(3) An authority given under the provisions of this section in respect of any deceased person shall be sufficient warrant for the removal of the eyes from the body and their use for the purposes aforesaid ; but no such removal shall be effected except by a registered medical practitioner wor