Year: 1990 Source: Medicine, Science and the Law, v.30, no.3, (July 1990), p.219-220 SIEC No: 19901742

Electrocution is a rare mode of suicide. In Sri Lanka, where the suicide rate is extremely high, ingestion of liquid pesticides is the most common method used. The case of a 34 yr old labourer from the Electricity Board, who committed suicide using 220-240 volt domestic electricity supply is described. He had been suffering from a depressive illness for some time. Suicide by electrocution has not been documented in Sri Lanka before. (5 refs.)