A Study Based on Somatometric Measurements of Hand and Foot for the Estimation of Stature of Ramgarhia Sikh Population in Delhi Region

Published: 2 April 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/rgfsrtymx8.1


In forensic investigation difficulties are being experienced in the stature and gender estimation of bodies dismembered in mass destruction and criminal mutilation. The study is based on a sample of 175 subjects (85 males and 90 females) of “Ramgarhia Sikh Population” from Delhi, aged between 20 and 50 years. Four Somatometric measurements: Hand Length, Hand Breadth, Foot Length and Foot Breadth taken on the right side in each subject were included in this study. Stature was measured using standard anthropometric techniques. Sex differences were found to be highly significant for all the measurements (P<0.01). Linear and multiple regression equations for stature estimation were calculated using the above mentioned variables. The correlation coefficients between stature and all the measurements of hands and feet were found to be positive and statistically significant. The highest correlation in males was found to be in between stature and foot length, whereas in the females the highest correlation was between stature and hand length, providing reliability and accuracy of these body parts for the estimation of stature.



Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science


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