• Abortion in colonial India

    I recently published an article in Modern Asian Studies on abortion in colonial India (read-only version here). Since, I’ve come across more material on this topic. I’d like to share some of it here with …

  • Dangerous travels

    Given the trips most of us are not making right now, I thought this would be a good time to share some forensic finds on travel. In late colonial India, scientific analysts and the criminal …

  • False Confessions

    This month, I want to share several cases of false confessions. Under the pressure of police questioning (and worse), people suspected of crime sometimes confessed to things they had not done. The phenomenon continues today, …

  • Digital law journals: research you can do during the pandemic (part 2)

    More ideas for research you can do with the archives closed (part 1 is here): make the most of historical law journals from South Asia. These journals are now starting to be available digitally. They include …

  • From the Archives: Poison 2

    This month, I’m sharing more cases from my history of forensics research (part 1 went up in April). Here are some cases from the Madras Chemical Examiner’s report for 1897: Deadly astrology: “The viscera of …

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