Profile of unnatural deaths in Manipal, Southern India 1994-2004

T. S. Mohan Kumar, Tanuj Kanchan, K. Yoganarasimha, G. Pradeep Kumar

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Pattern of unnatural deaths is a reflection of the prevailing social set up and mental health status of the region. In an attempt to understand the magnitude and pattern of unnatural deaths in Manipal, Southern India, a 11-year retrospective study was carried out in the Department of Forensic Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. The study revealed a rise in road traffic fatalities (37%) that constituted the majority of autopsies carried out followed by death due to poisoning and burns. Male preponderance was quite evident (2.5:1) except for death due to burns where ratio was reversed (1:2.9). People in 3rd decade were most prone to such fatalities. Of the total medicolegal autopsies conducted in this period, the manner of death was unnatural in 98% of the cases and 71% of them were accidental in nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Forensic Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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