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Swami Sadashiva Brahmendra Sar (Nil)     23 April 2009

repeal of s. 309 IPC

Dear friends ,  Law commission in its' 210th report has recommended to repeal s. 309 of IPC (attempt to suicide),alleging it being violative of Art. 21 of the constitution of many cases the provision really seems barberic. but is it proper to completly decriminalise the attempt to suiside? even in religious teachings , suiside has been always considered as a sin. no doubt , stress level in general public is increasing and there seems no remedial efforts by the legal or social system to control it. repeal of s. 309 will certainly enhance the suisidal graph. I invite your views for a balenced solution.


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ritu bhadana (advocate)     23 April 2009

Suicide is the act of voluntary and intentional self-destruction.the severe amount of mental trauma caused to a person when he takes such a disastrous step can only be understood by that person himself.when a person tries to commit suicide he or she is in a drastic unstable mental condition for which punishment under criminal law will be my opinion such a person rather must be given counselling.

However, anyone found guilty of counselling another to take his or her own life or of aiding a suicide must be liable for imprisonment.

i agree with the law commission's view that "attempt to suicide may be regarded more as a manifestation of a diseased condition of mind deserving treatment and care rather than an offence to be visited with punishment."


Swami Sadashiva Brahmendra Sar (Nil)     23 April 2009

thank you ritu ji for responding.

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