and objectives: This
study way conducted in order to investigate the magnitude of the women suicide
attempted by burning in Sulaimani and to ascertain the factors related to
female suicide, including sociocultural factors and ways to solve this problem.
Methods: The present study is a prospective study of self
inflicted burns by women treated at the burn unit of Sulaimani teaching
hospital and Emergency hospital over five years period from 1st January 2003 to 31st
Results: Out of the total number of 760 admissions to burn unit
over the period, 386(50.2%) patients were positively identified as having
attempted suicide by burning. Of them 345(46.6%) patients were females and 41
were males. The Suicide attempted was more common in the marriages women 258(74.7%)
and women with low educational level168 (48.7%). The most common causes of
suicide were arrogant husband (60) (17.4%) and forced marriage (58) (16.8%).
Conclusion: Burning by kerosene is a common, traditional, and
dramatic way of attempting suicide by women in Sulaimani. We suggest that
Kurdish women organizations or other related authorities have to start programs
for communications with women to rescue those in desperate situations, and
suicide prevention programs in Kurdistan
to prevent suicide as well as to evaluate prevention programs to identify
evidence-based practices that are culturally appropriate and affordable within
severe resource constrains.