Abetment to suicide is a serious criminal offenceAbetment to suicide was a breaking news a few months ago when main stream media highlighted late Sushant Singh Murder case in which Ria Chakraverty was accused of abetting Sushant Singh to commit suicide. Now , this issue has again been revived after the arrest of Republic TV's editor -in-chief Arnab Goswami.
Abetment to commit suicide is considered as a serious offence. It's like an indirect murder. in which someone creates such circumstances around a person that he goes into deep depression and is compelled to take this extreme step of committing suicide. Now we try to understand actually what abetment to suicide is.
According to the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Section 306 of the IPC: "If any person commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such suicide shall be punished with imprisonment of either imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine."
Abetment of suicide is a serious offence .It is cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable.
A cognizable offence means that police doesn't need a court- warrant to arrest the accused. A non-bailable offence means bail is granted to the accused at the discretion of the court, and not as a matter of right. A non-compoundable offence means that the case cannot be withdrawn by the complainant even when the complainant and the accused agree to compromise and every such complaint is necessarily followed by a trial where evidence should be produced against the accused.