Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco), p.39-40 SIEC No: 19880740

This summary focuses on marriage, impotence, fertility, domestic violence & alcohol as causes of suicide. Arranged marriages & the cultural stress on the sanctity of marriage are important factors. A type of domestic violence peculiar to India is the death of young married girls by murder or suicide. In 1985, there were 837 of these dowry deaths. Because alcoholism is common, wives not infrequently resort to suicidal behavior to counter the resulting violence & accusations ofinfidelity. (GW)