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Tapse S.P.,Bidar Institute of Medical science and Teaching Hospital | Shetty V.B.,Bidar Institute of Medical science and Teaching Hospital | Jinturkar A.D.,Bidar Institute of Medical science and Teaching Hospital
Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology | Year: 2012

The paper presents the study of 132 cases of poisoning received in the Dept of Forensic Medicine, Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences & Teaching Hospital Bidar, Karnataka, for postmortem examination (PME) during the span of two years. Out of 850 PME done during the study period 132 cases were that of poisoning. The cases were then analysed on various epidemiological parameters feeding the information in the proforma prepared for this purpose. We concluded that majority of victims were married, Hindu, males, from rural area and low socio economic group. Majority of victims died within 1-6 hours of consumption of poison. Suicidal cases were for more commoner than accidental one. No case of homicidal poisoning was defected in present study. Chemical analysis of viscera was done in 115(87.12%) cases (snake bite cases excluded) during the span of study we could get report of C.A. in 98 (85.21%) cases. Insecticides still topped the list as killer no one. While snake bite was second most common fatal poisoning, this study differs from most of the contemporary studies in one important aspect that is we could get C.A. report in large no of cases C. A. reports were positive in 90 per cent cases.


Tapse S.P.,Bidar Institute of Medical science and Teaching Hospital | Shetty V.B.,Bidar Institute of Medical science and Teaching Hospital | Jinturkar A.D.,Bidar Institute of Medical science and Teaching Hospital
Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology | Year: 2012

A rapid increase in unnatural deaths in females, especially in the first few years of their married life was observed in our society for last few decades. This drew the attention of people and forced the socio-political system to investigate and develop preventive measures [l-3]. In this study most of the victims were young (18-22 years) Hindu females of middle or lower-middle socioeconomic status living in a joint family with their husband & in- laws and died in suspicious circumstances within three years of their marriage. Majority of such deaths were suicidal or homicidal. Burning was the most common cause of death, followed by hanging and poisoning. Few of them were strangled to death and then burned to temper the evidences. Pressure for dowry was the single largest reason behind such deaths. Ill-treatment by the in-laws, rash and negligent behavior or extra-marital affairs of husbands, and mal-adjustment in females were other important reasons. Few of these deaths were also accidental catching fire while cooking or handling open lamp/fire carelessly. Loose synthetic saris of the victims were responsible for large number of mortalities in this study.


Shetty V.B.,Bidar Institute of Medical science and Teaching Hospital | Tapse S.P.,Bidar Institute of Medical science and Teaching Hospital | Jinturkar A.D.,Bidar Institute of Medical science and Teaching Hospital
Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology | Year: 2012

Out of 1784 cases brought for medicolegal postmortem examination in the Department of Forensic Medicine, Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bidar during the period of 2005 to 2009 only 148 (8.29%) were of suicide. Male predominate female and the most commonly adopted method of suicide is hanging (53.37%) followed by poisoning (23.64%). The highest number of suicidal deaths was seen in the age groups of 21-30 yrs (35.81%) and followed by 30-41 years age group (27.02%).

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