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, …

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 …

Burma Parsi Memories

  In 2004-7, I met with a number of elderly Parsis who shared memories of their families’ lives in colonial Burma. Some recalled fleeing to India during the Japanese invasion of Burma in World War …

Abortion in South Asia

My article, “Abortion in South Asia, 1860-1947: A medico-legal history” was published online this month in Modern Asian Studies (2020) 1-58. Here is the abstract, and here is a read-only version. I worked on this project …

From the Archives: Poison 1

I’ve come across many tragic and strange cases while working on a chapter about planted poison for my forensics book project. Here are some lowlights from the 1896 Madras Chemical Examiner’s Report: There are many …