Indian Government Removes Suicide Law

Sri Sahara By Sri Sahara, 12th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The government of India removes a law that punishes "attempt to suicide" with imprisonment

Suicide cases in India

According to Prabhat Jha, the director of the Center for Global Health Research in Toronto, the suicide rate in India is about 15 per 100,000 and 7 of them are agricultural workers. He also estimates there are about 190,000 suicides in 2010 and 10% the suicides are agricultural workers or farmers. Agricultural workers make up just over 20% of the population.

Suicide has become the second leading cause of death among the country's young adults, after road accidents in men, and childbirth-related complications in women.
Indian media also reports that suicide has become the second leading cause of death among India's young adults.

This is a miserable condition, plus a suicide law in India is considered redundant, where someone who attempt to commit suicide punished with imprisonment.

Response of Indian media on the change of suicide law

Indian media welcomes the government's decision to scrap a law that punishes "attempt to suicide" with imprisonment. They praise the government for taking the initiative to get rid of the obsolete law.

Times of India says that the decision is a welcome step forward in a heated and seemingly interminable legal debate and does not to treat attempted suicides as crimes is a sensitive and humane step.

The media also says that similar laws have been scrapped in all European and North American countries.

Hindustan Times says a person who tries to commit suicide but fails and finds he facing a fine or a jail term up to one year for the 'crime' is a double blow really for the traumatized person. It was "redundant" and "inhuman".

The media also points out that there are only few countries that are continuing with the law such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Singapore. They have persisted with this regressive law.

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