An Autopsy Study of Fatal Thermal Burns in Married Women: A Prospective Study

Authors

  • Bandenawaz 1 , Viswakanth B2

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10359

Keywords:

Burns, Dowry, dowry deaths, immolation, autopsy, thermal injury.

Abstract

Death of a bride by immolation either self or by the in-laws and their family members is a well-known

phenomenon since many centuries in India. Even though our country is developing in all respects, but still

we are unable to prevent these deaths due to various reasons. In this study, we have made an attempt to

highlight the statistics of fatal thermal deaths in married women in one year with relation to Incidence, Age,

element of dowry and cause of death.

Results showed that Incidence of thermal deaths in married females was 75.2% with maximum victims

in the 18-22 years age group. Further it was noted that 39% of these victims were due to alleged dowry

harassment and the cause of death in majority being septic shock.

Author Biography

Bandenawaz 1 , Viswakanth B2

1 Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Navodaya Medical College Hospital and

Research Centre, Karnataka, 2Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Kanachur

Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Bandenawaz 1 , Viswakanth B2. (2020). An Autopsy Study of Fatal Thermal Burns in Married Women: A Prospective Study. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 233-237. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10359