International Journal of Forensic Odontology

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

Neonatal line: A valuable evidence to prove female infanticide


Sadhana Kandavel, M Anita, U Vidhya Rekha, Tamara Mystica, KJ Swetha 
 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
India

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.


How to cite this article:
Kandavel S, Anita M, Rekha U V, Mystica T, Swetha K J. Neonatal line: A valuable evidence to prove female infanticide.Int J Forensic Odontol 2019;4:11-13


How to cite this URL:
Kandavel S, Anita M, Rekha U V, Mystica T, Swetha K J. Neonatal line: A valuable evidence to prove female infanticide. Int J Forensic Odontol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Feb 17 ];4:11-13
Available from: http://www.ijofo.org/article.asp?issn=2542-5013;year=2019;volume=4;issue=1;spage=11;epage=13;aulast=Kandavel;type=0