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MHA pushes for decriminalising attempt to suicide.

THE Ministry of Home Affairs has prepared a Cabinet note on decriminalising attempt to suicide by deleting Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Sources said the Centre is moving swiftly to get a Cabinet approval after which a Bill for amending the Indian Penal Code will be moved.

The decision to scrap the Indian Penal Code section has been made after taking consent of several states and union territories.

Consent The Minister of State for Home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, on Monday, informed Parliament that the Law Commission of India, in its 210th report, had recommended that Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the Indian Penal Code needs to be effaced from the Statute Book.

Chaudhary said that since law and order is a state subject, views of all states and union territories were sought on the recommendations of the Law Commission.

" Eighteen states and four union territory administrations have supported that Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code may be deleted.

Keeping in view their responses, it has been decided to delete Section 309 from the Statute Book," Chaudhary said in reply to a written question.

Currently, Section 309 from the Statute Book says that whoever attempts to commit suicide and does any act towards the commission of such an offense, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine, or both.

Decriminalising ' attempt to suicide' has been on the agenda for some years but a concrete step in this direction had not been taken till now.

However, now, with the backing of most state governments and union territories, a Cabinet note has already been prepared and is expected to be considered soon.

" After getting a Cabinet approval, a Bill seeking an amendment to the Indian Penal Code will be drafted," said a home ministry official.

Other than the home ministry -- that deals with IPCrelated matters -- views of the health ministry and the law ministry will also be taken while drafting the Bill.

Sources said the Bill seeking amendments to the IPC is also likely to include changes in other provisions such as Section 304 A (causing death due to a rash and negligent act) Section 498 A (dowry demand) and Section 323 (dealing with voluntarily causing hurt). Changes regarding punishment, torture in police custody and an enhanced fine of up to ` 15,000 for filing a false dowry complaint by a woman are expected to be included in the Bill.

Sources said the Centre is moving swiftly to get a Cabinet approval on Sec 309 of IPC

Eighteen states and four union territory administrations have supported that Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code may be deleted.

HARIBHAI PARATHIBHAI CHAUDHARY, MOS HOME ' ' Currently, attempt to suicide attracts a jail term that may extend to one year.

EXPECT SOME CHANGES IN: Section 304 A (causing death due to a rash and negligent act) Section 498 A (dowry demand) Section 323 (dealing with voluntarily causing hurt)

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