ANALYSIS OF HOMICIDAL DEATHS IN PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN

Murad Zafar Marri, M. Zahid Bashir, Anjum Zia Munawar, Zahid Hussain Khalil, Inayat urRehman Khalil

Abstract


Background: Homicide is one of the oldest crimes in human civilization. For every person who
dies as a result of homicide, many more are injured. A study of the patterns of homicide in a
society is one of the first steps in developing strategies to prevent it. This study was conducted
at the department of Forensic Medicine Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, to know the
patterns of homicide, taking it as the first step in the prevention of this crime. Methods: This
study includes 520 cases of homicide out of the total of 662 medico-legal autopsies conducted at
Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, during the year 2002. The cases have been labeled as
homicide on the basis of autopsy and police inquest. Results: The homicide rate for Peshawar
during the period under study was 22.9/100,000. Males constituted 86.15% of the victims. 32%
of the victims were in their third decade of life. Firearms were the causative agent in 86% of the
cases. Chest was the primarily targeted area of the body. The highest number of homicides
occurred in the month of November. Conclusions: The homicide rate is alarmingly high in
Peshawar as is the use of firearms. This is something that should be seriously looked at by the
policy makers

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