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Attempt to suicide not a crime now; Section 309 of IPC removed
Indian Government has decriminalized attempt to suicide by removing IPC section 309. The Government said it would remove the Section under which any attempt to commit suicide is punishable. This decision by the Government was supported by 18 states and 4 Union Territories.
The Law Commission in its 210th report on "Humanization and Decriminalization of Attempt to Suicide" had recommended that Section 309 of IPC needs to be effaced from the statute book. The Commission said that this IPC section needs to be removed as this provision by law is inhuman, irrespective of whether it is constitutional or unconstitutional.

The critics of law says that it is not right to trouble a person who is already in trouble. The punishment clause doubles his/ her troubles. Because, an individual who attempts suicide may be doing so because of an adverse situation in his or her life. So it is very cruel to inflict additional legal punishment on the person.

However there was also a conflicting opinion, that by decriminalizing bid suicide the government has turned a blind eye to a person who is attempting to kill himself. 

Psychologists have to say that there are advantages as well as disadvantages of this move by the government to do away with Section 309 of IPC.

Manish Gupta, a Psychologist, while terming it a good move by the government said, "Section 309 was actually helpful in one way by allowing police to investigate every case where people attempt suicide. But if Section 309 is removed, then police cannot investigate such cases. So that is the disadvantage of this move. And the benefit of course is that if anybody is actually suffering from mental illness, and if he or she attempts suicide and it fails then the pain with which the person is already going through won't double up with the punishment clause being removed."

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