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International Journal of Forensic Medicine

2020, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Part A

Medico-legal autopsy study of alleged dowry deaths - A two year study


Author(s): Dr. Priyanka Anant Patil

Abstract: Background: In India, dowry is a rising social evil contributing to female mortality.Material and Methods: Observational, prospective study of 84 alleged dowry deaths stratifying the socio-demographic pattern of alleged dowry deaths.Results: 57.1% were from 21to30 years of age group. Maximum females were illiterate (39.3%), housewives (77.4%) and from lower socio-economic strata of society (56%). In 70.2% cases, deaths occurred in own or in-law’s residence. 36.36 % burn victims were brought dead with 50% cases involving 71-90% of total body surface area. 29.8% were hospitalised. In 88.57 % of suicidal cases, menstruation was noted.39.29% deaths were within 1st year of marriage. In 84.84% cases, dowry was provocating factor. In 50 % cases Asphyxia was the cause of death.Conclusion: Domestic abuse and dowry were significant provocative factors for dowry deaths.

DOI: 10.33545/27074447.2020.v2.i1a.20

Pages: 16-20 | Views: 539 | Downloads: 242

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Dr. Priyanka Anant Patil. Medico-legal autopsy study of alleged dowry deaths - A two year study. Int J Forensic Med 2020;2(1):16-20. DOI: 10.33545/27074447.2020.v2.i1a.20
International Journal of Forensic Medicine