Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine


Full Text PDF Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Author Details: Shankar M Bakkannavar, Pradeep Kumar G, Vinod C Nayak, Ganesh Rajendiran, Swati Chhikara, Somshekhar

Volume : 2

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2394-6776

Print ISSN : 2394-6768

Article First Page : 29

Article End Page : 34


The violent deaths are increasing day by day in the developing world. Deaths due to asphyxia are one of the most important causes in the violent deaths. One hundred and thirty five asphyxial deaths were studied by the authors and described various epidemiological and demographical parameters of these deaths in the present study. The changing demographics and the increased incidence and variations observed are described here. Males outnumbered females in asphyxial deaths. Most common age group involved was 21 – 30 years. Hanging was the most common method of death constituting 56.3% of cases. Majority of the hanging cases took place in homes with suicide being the preferred manner. The victims drowned in river in most number of cases followed by well. The strangulation deaths constituted for 8.8% of total asphyxial fatalities. But not a single case of suffocation was reported.

Key words: violent deaths; asphyxia; demographics; hanging; drowning