Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine

Suicidal deaths in females of central India, Indore region

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Article Type : Research Article

Author Details: Pankaj Verma*,Pooja Misar

Volume : 6

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2394-6776

Print ISSN : 2394-6768

Article First Page : 93

Article End Page : 95


Introduction: Pattern of suicidal deaths reflects social as well as the mental status of a country. As per the present study, the maximum number of cases belonged to 25 to 28 years age group. Maximum numbers of cases belonged to the joint family and lower middle class. 45% of females died within 1 year of their marriage, with 38% deaths between 6 months to 1 year of marriage. The most common cause of death was burning i.e. 76%. Ill-treatment by the husband or his relatives for dowry was the most common reason for motivating females to commit suicide. 
Objective: The aim of the current study was to find out the various causes of suicidal deaths in females married within 7 years of their marriage.
Materials and Methods: The present study was conducted in the Emergency Department and The Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology in which 114 autopsy cases with the history of suicide or attempted suicide in married females within seven years of their marriage were taken. The autopsy was conducted in Mortuary of Sri Aurobindo Medical College, Indore (MP) from June 2013 to February 2018.
Results: The most common cause of death was burn (76%) followed by hanging (13.15%) and poisoning (8%).
Conclusion: On one side women are respected as Goddess in our culture, but on the other side they are ill-treated. Creating problems for women for dowry and suffocating their lives is one of the most heinous crimes. Its elimination can be done only by educating and empowering woman and to make strict laws against such crimes.

Keywords: Burn, Hanging, Married females, Mortuary, Poisoning, Suicidal deaths.

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