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Title : Suicidal Hanging Mortalities in Sylhet: A Descriptive Observational Study of Autopsy Cases

Published by -Jalalabad Medical Journal PDF Page : 18-21

Death due to hanging is one of the most common methods of suicide in developing countries. It is one of the major causes of mortality, especially among young women in our country. This is a descriptive observational study based on autopsy reports conducted between the periods of January 2016 to December 2017 in the department of Forensic Medicine, Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College. The highest number of victims (55.77%) was from the age group 10-29 years, which belongs to the younger age group and where females were predominant (54.81%). Most of the dead bodies came from (16.35%) Kotwali police station. The most common findings in the dead bodies were pale, white, hard, glistening skin and subcutaneous tissue underneath the ligature (95.67%) and cyanosis (85.58%) and the commonest cause of deaths was asphyxia (96.63%). Female and the younger age group were predominantly in high risk for suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts and committing suicide by hanging. Psychological counseling and treatment of suicidal behaviors are necessary to minimize the suicidal occurrences.

Keywords: Suicide, Hanging, Autopsy.