Comic Essay #1: Suicides in India
The numbers and their underlying reasons may surprise you.
The study carried out between 2010 and 2013 in India
7968 autopsies were conducted during this period.
Suicidal hangings were 3.31% of the autopsies.
Summary of Findings
Preferred Ligature Materials were Stole and Breadspread/Sari.
The least common is the waist belt.
The major age group involved was 31-40 years old contributing to 50.76%
Married victims contributed to 70.45% of cases.
Domestic cases were the most common for self-suspension.
Women were the most common victims in these cases.
The least affected were children less than 10.
No cases above the age of 60 were reported.
The majority of the victims, 59.09% belonged to low socioeconomic class.
Regional socioeconomic + cultural + economic state + health factors play important role in suicidal hanging – especially amongst married people.
Relationship crises, financial worries, career issues, and work stress also contributed to the cause.
Similar studies done in other parts of the world yielded similar results (with minor anomalies).
Citation: Rao, Dinesh. (2015). An autopsy study of death due to Suicidal Hanging – 264 cases. Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences. 20. 10.1016/j.ejfs.2015.01.004.
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