Skin suicide note written in mehndi (henna)

Med Leg J. 2016 Mar;84(1):39-41. doi: 10.1177/0025817215614145. Epub 2015 Nov 26.


Suicide messages on the skin are rare. Until now, in all reported cases, the writing tool used by the victims has been a pen. We report a suicide case by hanging in which the victim had written a note on her palm in mehndi, or henna, at a wedding ceremony three days before the fatal act. The note was discovered at autopsy.

Keywords: Skin message; mehndi; writing tool.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Humans
  • Naphthoquinones*
  • Skin*
  • Suicide*
  • Writing*


  • Naphthoquinones
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