In the 11-year period from January 1993 to December 2003, 61 homicide victims were autopsied in the Department of Forensic Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Documents concerning the age and sex of the victims, time of assault, method used for assault, location of fatal injuries and number of offenders involved were analyzed. Of the 61 victims of homicide, majority were males and most of them were between 21 and 30 years. Most of the crimes occurred during the evening and night hours (52.4%) and winter was the commonest season for homicide. There were significantly more homicides over the weekends (Saturday and Sunday). 37.7% of the victims exhibited evidence of injuries due to sharp force trauma. Head injuries were more common. Multiple offenders were involved in 47.5% of cases whereas single offender was involved in 40.9%.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health