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Authors: Sujan Kumar Mohanty, G. Bala Maddileti, Virendra Kumar, Sachidananda Mohanty, K. BhaskarReady, and V. Bhuvan

Title: Femicide

Subtitle: A Retrospective Study in Indian Scenario

Journal: Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine

Volume: 37

Issue: 1

Year: January-March 2015 (Published online: April 9, 2015)

Pages: 29-34

ISSN: 0971-0973 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 0974-0848 – Find a Library: WordCat


Keywords: 21st Century | Indian History | Types, Femicide


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Abstract: »Femicide is considered as killing of women, regardless of motive or perpetrator status. In India, violence and crimes against women like rape, kidnapping & abduction, murder and dowry death have increased over the years and evolved as a major social problem. To find out correlation between the crime and social status of victim, the present study was carried out to analyse different aspects of femicide from victims’ profile. This retrospective study analysed 150 cases of femicide, which had been brought for medico-legal autopsy during a period of five years (November 2006 to October 2011). Females of 11–40 years of age were the common victims. In most of the killings, the alleged offender was a male relative of the victim. In majority of the cases, the weapons used were either hard & blunt or sharp cutting without any defence wounds. Death was commonly due to cranio cerebral injuries. Majority of the victims were illiterate, married, hailing from rural population & economically backward class and housewives by occupation. The findings may help the State and law making agencies to improve certain social issues, which indirectly reduce the crime against women.« (Source: Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine)


  Introduction (p. 29)
  Materials and Methods (p. 30)
  Observations and Results (p. 30)
  Discussion (p. 31)
  Conclusion (p. 32)
  References (p. 32)

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