Victimiologic study of female homicide

Manoj Kumar Mohanty, Manoj Kumar Panigrahi, Sachidananda Mohanty, Srimanta Kumar Das

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Female homicide is one of the leading causes of injury deaths in women. In most of such killings, spouses are usually involved because of one or the other reason. The purpose of the study is to identify the risk factors and nature of violence from victimologic point of view in female homicide. Information was obtained by interviewing the accompanying persons, postmortem examination and perusal of hospital records. There were 39 female victims of total 162 homicide. The peak age of the female homicide victim was 3rd decade. The victims were most frequently killed by their spouses. Argument (33.3%) and dowry (30.7%) were the most frequent reasons behind the crime. Majority of victims (84.6%) were killed in their home. Fatal wound is most frequently seen in head and defense wound is present only in nine cases. Considering sociological aspect of victim, 82% of the victims were from Hindu religion, majorities of them were married, illiterate, and drawn from low-socioeconomic status and rural community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-156
Number of pages6
JournalLegal Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2004
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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