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Suicide attempt victims need counselling: Modi

“Why does a person commit suicide? The person who attempts suicide does not need punishment but counselling and empathy,” Modi told an election rally while campaigning for BJP candidate here.

Attempt to suicide that was punishable by a one-year jail term is no longer a crime with the government deciding to remove Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) to decriminalise the offence.

“The problems of the person who attempts to take the extreme step, need to be understood. He/she is to be counselled by parents, brothers and sisters that this path is not right. Don’t commit suicide it is will not end your problems,” Modi said, adding that this law will not be allowed to continue in the country.

“Small things bring big changes,” he said.

The Prime Minister was addressing his sixth rally in his fourth visit to the state for poll campaign.
Modi said, “If anyone commits a crime and gets punishment it is ok. But in our country, if any
person becomes unsuccessful in his attempt (to commit suicide) he would still get punished... We took up the issue and held discussion with all states and stamped out the law”.

The government has decided to decriminalise “attempt to suicide” by deleting Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code from the statute book. Under the said Section, a suicide bid is punishable with imprisonment up to one year, or with fine, or both.

Stating this in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, minister of state for home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said the government had decided to drop Section 309 from the IPC after 18 states and 4 Union territories backed the recommendation of the Law Commission of India in this regard. ?Government sources told TOI that a Cabinet note on the Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill has already been circulated by the Union home ministry among other ministries such as law and health.

“Law Commission of India, in its 210th Report, had recommended that Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of IPC needs to be effaced from the statute book. As law and order is a state subject, views of States/UTs were requested on the recommendations of the Law Commission. 18 states and 4 Union territory administrations have supported that Section 309 of the IPC may be deleted. Keeping in view the responses from the states/UTs, it has been decided to delete Section 309 of IPC from the statute book,” the MoS stated in the reply.

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