Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)
Medicolegal evaluation of cause of death of unknown dead bodies brought to the mortuary of Assam medical college and hospital, Dibrugarh, Assam
Author(s): Dr. Jeneth Karmakar, Dr. Deborshee Chakravarty, Dr. Raktim Pratim Tamuli
Abstract: Every unidentified or unknown dead body brought to the medical examiner; indirectly or directly relates a person to missing friends or family. In each of these cases the body remains un-identified where the police/investigating agencies deal with missing clues to pursue the investigation; which denies prevailing of justice and closure of case. The present study consists of 92 unknown cases taken from medico legal autopsies conducted in the department of forensic medicine, Assam medical college, Dibrugarh during the period 1st June 2015 to 31st may 2016. A total of 1358 autopsies were conducted the study period, of which 92 cases were unknown deaths which constitutes 6.7% of total autopsies. Male cases were 74 (80.43%) and female were 18 (19.57%); male: female ratio was 4:1. Maximum cases were from the age group 40-49 years, with 25 numbers of cases. It was also observed that highest number of cases constitutes natural death 45 cases (49.91%) followed by unnatural deaths with 41 cases (44.57%). This study reflects the political commitment and administrative efficiency towards implementation and drafting legislation for management of unknown dead bodies.