Centre may repeal suicide bid as penal offence
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 19:47
New Delhi: With 25 out of 29 states favouring decriminalisation of the attempt to commit suicide, the Centre has told the Delhi High Court that it is willing to consider repealing suicide bid as a penal offence.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna was apprised of the Centre's willingness to consider repealing section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, which makes suicide bid a penal offence, by its Standing Counsel Jatan Singh.

Singh stated this during hearing of a public interest lawsuit by Mental Health Foundation, an NGO, seeking decriminalisation of suicide bid.

"The IPC being a major criminal law, piecemeal amendment to the act may not be practical proposition. Therefore, the recommendation of the Law Commission in its 210 report for deletion of Section 309 of IPC will be given due consideration while considering the next batch of comprehensive amendment to IPC," Singh told the court.

He indicated a time frame of over a year for the move, saying "the government plans a comprehensive amendment to IPC, CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) and Evidence Act in a year."

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice, in an affidavit, told the court that the criminal law is a Concurrent List subject and it has received various states' opinions on the issue of repealing Section 309 of the IPC.


First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 19:47

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