Govt decriminalizes attempted suicide

Source: The Times of India (

Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday (10 December, 2014), minister of state for home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said, “The Law Commission of India, in its 210th report, had recommended that Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of IPC needs to be effaced from the statute book. As law and order is a state subject, views of states/UTs were requested on the recommendations of the Law Commission. Eighteen states and 4 UT administrations have supported that Section 309 of the IPC may be deleted. Keeping in view the responses from the states/UTs, it has been decided to delete Section 309 of IPC from the statute book.”

“In view of the views expressed by the WHO, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, France, decriminalization of attempted suicide by all countries in Europe and North America, the opinion of the Indian Psychiatric Society, and the representations received by the commission from various persons, the commission has resolved to recommend to the government to initiate steps for repeal of the anachronistic law contained in section 309, IPC,” the panel said while mentioning how only a handful of nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore and India have “persisted with this undesirable law”.


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