Homicide is one of the foremost causes of death worldwide and head is the common target in majority of cases. The presence of defensive or violence associated traumatic wounds is a indicative of a homicide. The presence of defense wounds helps in differentiating between homicide, suicide and accidental deaths. These wounds are mainly seen on the upper limbs because these are the body parts with which a defendant raises to save himself from the attacker. The left side of the victim is commonly involved as this is nearest to the accused person with the preponderance of right handed individuals in the society. Presence of a defensive wounds implies that the victim was able to put up some resistance to an assault, at some stage during that assault. Presence of defense wound if any also proves that the given case is of homicide; as it is a natural reaction of an individual to defend oneself at the time of assault. The present study was aimed to evaluate defense wound present in Homicidal deaths caused by the use of various types of weapon like Sharp cutting or Hard and Blunt objects or by both type of objects.
Last date updated on July, 2014