AUDIT OF SHARP WEAPON DEATHS IN METROPOLIS OF KARACHI –AN AUTOPSY BASED STUDY

Farhat Hussain Mirza, Qudsia Hasan, Akhtar Amin Memon, Syeda Ezz-e-Rukhshan Adil

Abstract


Background: Sharp weapons are one of the most violent and abhorrent means of deaths. This study
assesses the frequency of sharp weapon deaths in Karachi. Methods: This was a cross sectional study,
and involves the deaths by sharp weapons autopsied in Karachi during Mar 2008–Feb 2009. Results:
This study reports that the frequency of sharp weapon deaths in Karachi is similar to some other studies
conducted in different regions of Pakistan, yet it is very high as the population of Karachi is way more
than any other metropolis of Pakistan. Our study reported that out of 2090 medico-legal deaths in
Karachi during the study period, 91 deaths were due to sharp weapons, including 73 (80.2%) males and
18 (19.8%) females. 100% of the deaths were homicides, so none were suicides. Deaths were more
frequent in age group ranging from 20–39 years (59.3 %). Conclusion: Sharp weapon deaths continue
to be a means of quite a number of deaths in Karachi. Such violence depicts intolerant and frustrated
nature of the citizens.
Keywords: Autopsy, homicide, sharp weapon, death

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