Pattern of Suicidal Deaths in Females- A Cross Sectional Study in the Age Group of 12-24 Years


  • Kandagatla Krishnamurthy
  • S.M. Krishna Sagar
  • Abhijith Subedhar



Female suicides, adolescents, suicide note, attempted suicide, methods of suicide


Background: Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among young males and the third for young
females, globally. Suicide affecting the youth is a big loss to the community. Hence, the aim of this study is
to identify pattern of suicidal deaths in females belonging to 12-24 years age group.
Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted in the Department of Forensic Medicine, Gandhi Medical
College, Secunderabad, which included all the deaths that occurred due to suicide in females aged 12-24
years from January 2017 to November 2018.
Results: Most victims belonged to the age group of 19-24 years (49%) and were from rural area (60%).
Majority attempted suicide during day time (72%) and inside their own homes (89%). In 91% of the cases,
there was no history of previous attempt and in 92%, no suicide note was found. 55% of deaths occurred on
the spot. Most common method of suicide was hanging (53%).
Conclusion: Suicide is a growing public health concern amongst the young. Peer support groups for
adolescents and young adults, who have exhibited suicidal behaviours, must be established to help prevent
repeated attempts.

Author Biographies

Kandagatla Krishnamurthy

Tutor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College, Nalgonda, Telangana, 2

S.M. Krishna Sagar

Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences, Vikarabad, Telangana,

Abhijith Subedhar

Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, Telangana



How to Cite

Kandagatla Krishnamurthy, S.M. Krishna Sagar, & Abhijith Subedhar. (2021). Pattern of Suicidal Deaths in Females- A Cross Sectional Study in the Age Group of 12-24 Years. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(3), 319-323.