In one of the major moves, Modi government on Wednesday had decriminalised suicide attempts and removed Section 309 of India Penal Code. The person who attempts to suicide but survives will not be charged under criminal offence.
It was noted that several states backed the Centre’s decision. In Hyderabad, several legal experts and civil rights activists too showed their support to the Union Government’s decision.
Suicide is a result of the problem lies in socio, economic, political, and personal factors, thus cannot be stopped with laws and punishments, opined the legal experts in the city.
“A person tries to commit suicide when he is in extreme distress and is victimised. And when his attempt fails, the law should not victimise him again and give more trouble”, says advocate Raghunath, Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC).
Mr. Raghunath added, “People end life due to socio, economic and personal reasons and this can’t be stopped with laws. Instead of this law, the authorities should look into real issues and act upon It”.
However, some of the experts disagree with Centre’s move. They expressed their view as the move might encourage people to take the extreme step.