I Cut Dead People


I Cut Dead People

Illustration: Mudit Ganguly


tark naked under a disposable blue tarp, the girl’s body is laid out on a stainless steel table. A coroner mumbles, “Okay darling, let’s find out who took you away from us,” before making a deep Y-shaped incision from the shoulder to just below the sternum. The incision ends just above the pubic bone, curving to avoid the navel.

Over the next few hours, the coroner and her assistant methodically dissect the body with specialised instruments and deference. They examine every square inch of tissue; weighing, cataloguing, analysing, and piecing together clues that will tell them how the girl died. The answer is revealed after four minutes of suspense-filled toothpaste, condom, and car ads.