An Analysis of Trends of Homicidal Deaths in Western Mumbai Region
Keywords:homicide, autopsy, arguments, hard and blunt weapon.
Background: The present study conducted for evaluation of trends in homicidal deaths with references to
study the specific parameters of homicidal deaths like incidence of homicide, socio-demographic profile of
victims and type of weapon used for homicide in western Mumbai region over the period of two years.
Method: Study was conducted in department of forensic medicine of H. B. T. Medical College & cooper
Hospital, Mumbai for period of 2 years from January 2015 to December 2016. Total 3114 of autopsies were
conducted during the period of which 66 (2.11%) were of homicidal deaths.
Result: Present study found homicidal deaths accounted for 2.11% of autopsies conducted in study period.
Predominance of male victims (54.5%) seen over female victims (45.5%). Maximum number of victims of
homicide were in the age group of 21-40 years (60.6%). Most of homicides took place at victim ‘s residence
45.45%. Arguments (45.45%) were found to be most common motive behind homicide. Hard and blunt
weapon (39.4%) is commonest type of weapon used.
Conclusion: The trends of homicides are varying from region to region. In most of cases the victims are
well acquainted with accused and most common place of crime was victims own house all these findings
indicated that homicides were as result of arguments and scuffle between them. The victims in this young
age group are more aggressive and less tolerant, proper anger and stress management through the psychiatry
counselling of this age group may lower homicide rate.