Kewal Krishan (forensic anthropologist)

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Kewal Krishan
Dr Kewal Krishan attending American Academy of Forensic Sciences Conference in Las Vegas, February 2016.jpg
Born (1973-11-24) 24 November 1973 (age 45)
Known forContributions to Forensic anthropology in India Heel-Ball Index
Faculty Research Award
Editorial Board Member of
Forensic Science International,
Medicine, Science and the Law,
Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences
Scientific career
FieldsForensic anthropologist Biological anthropologist Forensic scientist
InstitutionsPanjab University

Dr. Kewal Krishan, an Indian forensic anthropologist, is Associate Professor of physical anthropology and Chair of Department of Anthropology at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.[1] He has contributed to the development of forensic anthropology in India.[2] He is one of the very few forensic anthropology experts of the nation.[citation needed] He earned his PhD in Forensic Anthropology in 2003 from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (FRAI).[3][4]

His published research deals with the analysis of various aspects of human morphology and their forensic applications in Indian populations.[5][6][7][8] He has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences 2nd Edition and Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine 2nd Edition published by Elsevier in 2013 [9][10] and 2016 [11][12][13] respectively. His most cited work pertains to the forensic podiatry of the north Indian population.[14] In one of his noteworthy work in 2008, he studied the effect of body weight and additional body weight on the footprints and its interpretation in crime scene investigation.[15] He also established some of the unique and individualistic characteristics of the footprints which are helpful in identification of criminals.[16] He devised and calculated the effect of limb asymmetry on estimation of stature in forensic examinations.[17] He devised a novel index called Heel-Ball Index in the forensic literature emphasizing its relevance in sex determination.[18][19] He has published unique work on the footprint ridge density of Indian population and its significance in forensic identification.[20][21]


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  2. ^ "Dr. Kewal Krishan – Physical and Forensic Anthropologist". 11 October 2015.
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  9. ^ Krishan, K.; Kanchan, T. (2013). "Stature and Build". Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. pp. 49–53. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-382165-2.00010-6. ISBN 9780123821669.
  10. ^ Kanchan, T.; Krishan, K. (2013). "Forensic Pathology – Principles and Overview". Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. pp. 193–196. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-382165-2.00183-5. ISBN 9780123821669.
  11. ^ Krishan, K.; Kanchan, T. (2016). "Identification: Prints – Ear". Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. pp. 74–80. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-800034-2.00210-X. ISBN 9780128000557.
  12. ^ Kanchan, T.; Krishan, K. (2016). "Blood Grouping". Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. pp. 425–432. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-800034-2.00054-9. ISBN 9780128000557.
  13. ^ Krishan, K.; Kanchan, T. (2016). "Identification: Prints – Footprints". Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. pp. 81–91. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-800034-2.00209-3. ISBN 9780128000557.
  14. ^ Krishan, Kewal; Kanchan, Tanuj; Dimaggio, John A. (2015). "Emergence of forensic podiatry—A novel sub-discipline of forensic sciences". Forensic Science International. 255: 16–27. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2015.06.012. PMID 26163192.
  15. ^ Krishan, Kewal (2008). "Establishing correlation of footprints with body weight—Forensic aspects". Forensic Science International. 179 (1): 63–69. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2008.04.015. PMID 18515026.
  16. ^ Krishan, Kewal (2007). "Individualizing characteristics of footprints in Gujjars of North India—Forensic aspects". Forensic Science International. 169 (2–3): 137–144. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2006.08.006. PMID 16965880.
  17. ^ Krishan, Kewal; Kanchan, Tanuj; Dimaggio, John A. (2010). "A study of limb asymmetry and its effect on estimation of stature in forensic case work". Forensic Science International. 200 (1–3): 181.e1–181.e5. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.04.015. PMID 20478673.
  18. ^ Krishan, Kewal; Kanchan, Tanuj; Passi, Neelam; Dimaggio, John A. (2012). "Heel-Ball (HB) Index: Sexual Dimorphism of a New Index from Foot Dimensions". Journal of Forensic Sciences. 57 (1): 172–175. doi:10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01960.x. PMID 22074354.
  19. ^ Kanchan, Tanuj; Krishan, Kewal; Prusty, Disha; Machado, Meghna (2014). "Heel–Ball index: An analysis of footprint dimensions for determination of sex". Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences. 4 (2): 29–33. doi:10.1016/j.ejfs.2014.02.002.
  20. ^ Krishan, Kewal; Kanchan, Tanuj; Pathania, Annu; Sharma, Ruchika; Dimaggio, John A. (2015). "Variability of footprint ridge density and its use in estimation of sex in forensic examinations". Medicine, Science and the Law. 55 (4): 284–290. doi:10.1177/0025802414557880. PMID 25413487.
  21. ^ Kanchan, T.; Krishan, K.; Aparna, K.R.; Shyamsunder, S. (2012). "Footprint ridge density: A new attribute for sexual dimorphism". Homo. 63 (6): 468–480. doi:10.1016/j.jchb.2012.09.004. PMID 23137779.