Ligature strangulation most commonly prima facie is taken as homicidal in nature by many criminal investigators and common
people. A series of three cases of Suicidal Ligature Strangulation in Himachal Pradesh, Northern State of India in between
2007 to 2011 is presented. These atypical strangulations are difficult to be appreciated as suicidal. Diligent evaluation of the scene
of crime, detailed autopsy and exclusion of other causes of death is very important in terming this kind of ligature strangulation as
suicidal. Numbers of Knots, their position, number of turns are important to examine and document in absence of gross injuries
in the neck tissues as is found in homicidal strangulation.
Piyush Kapila is Assistant Professor in Premium State Institute of Himachal Pradesh Northern Hilly State. Being the only institute all difficult cases
are referred to this medical school from at least half of the state. He is one of the most sought after Forensic Expert of the state. Who is working in
the field of Medico-legal area since 1998. He is most sought after trainer to investigators in police academies and judicial academy.
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