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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-13

Neonatal line: A valuable evidence to prove female infanticide


Departments of Public Health Dentistry, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Sadhana Kandavel
Departments of Public Health Dentistry, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijfo.ijfo_6_19

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Female infanticide is a widespread social problem in India. Majority of the cases of infanticide goes unreported, as there is a lack of proper evidence. It is very essential to distinguish live birth from stillbirth, to prove a case of infanticide. However, by the time, the mortal remains of the child are available for forensic examination, the body is decayed and putrefied; hence, soft-tissue evidence is lost. Although the chronological age of the child can be estimated by skeletal parameters, they cannot differentiate live birth and stillbirth. Thus, in such cases, the neonatal line is a valuable tool to prove female infanticide.


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