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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-51

Multifactorial analysis of hanging deaths

Department of Forensic Medicine, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, India

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Th Meera
Department of Forensic Medicine, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal - 795 004
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4958.116645

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Objective: The objective of this study was to analyze hanging deaths occurring in Imphal in relation to several factors associated with such deaths. Materials and Methods: This study was performed on 35 cases of hanging deaths brought for an autopsy to the mortuary of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal. Factors associated with these deaths and post-mortem findings were recorded and statistically analyzed. Observation: It was observed that the most vulnerable age group was 21-30 years in both sexes. Nearly, 51.42% of the cases belonged to the lower socio-economic group; and the majority of the female victims were house wives (34.29%) who were going through marital disharmony. 82.86% of suicides by hanging occurred indoors and the bedroom was the preferred site in 18 cases (51.42%). The commonly used ligature materials were means which were easily available to the victim viz. nylon rope, chunni, etc. Petechial hemorrhage on the face and eyes were observed in partial hanging cases only. Conclusion: The findings of the present study will help in highlighting the prevailing scenario of hanging deaths in this state.

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