Decriminalising suicide

For a humane law

Print edition : September 16, 2016

Irom Sharmila during a press conference in New Delhi in March 2013. All along she had told courts that her intention was not to commit suicide and that her fast should not attract charges under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code. Photo: Tsering Topgyal/AP

The Mental Health Care Bill, 2013, passed by the Rajya Sabha, will hopefully lead to decriminalising attempt to commit suicide. For now, the principal offence remains untouched in the statute.
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