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    Abetment to suicide is a serious criminal offence

    Abetment 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 A non-compoundable offence means that the case cannot be withdrawn by the complainant even when the complainant and the accused agree to compromise and every such complaint is necessarily followed by a trial where evidence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.
  • #714210
    Suicide itself is a crime and forcing somebody to commit suicide will be further a serious issue. Really it deserves serious punishment. As mentioned by the author it is as good as killing a person only. Instead of directly killing the person is creating an atmosphere in which the targetted person can't survive and go for suicide.
    But now a person having enmity with somebody may end his life and mention somebody is responsible for his suicide in his suicide note, the other person has to face the music. Finally, he may be proved innocent but the tension and the hardships he has to undergo are really testing and out of frustration he may also go for suicide and we can't say who is responsible for his suicide.
    The role of the investigating officer will become very crucial in this contest. The officer should not have any vested interests in finding out the facts and should go unbiased in his factfinding mission. Then only real culprit will get the punishment. Otherwise, innocent people will lose their lives. As long as the investigation is carried out sincerely we will see that only the culprits will get the punishment.

    always confident

  • #714213
    The author has nicely explained the issue of abetment to suicide. Yes, it is definitely a criminal act. In such cases the person who died can write some letter beforehand also as a proof that who are the persons who have provoked him for that extreme action. Once proved and if those person would be found guilty and then would be punished by the court of law. The investigating authorities and the lawyer would present the case in court.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #714232
    Though it is a serious crime, the case needs to be investigated thoroughly. It is very easy to kill a person, hang him or do anything to resemble a suicide and make fraudulent suicide notes. It is a cunning world where people can change the scenes. Unless it is a prima facie, the investigating authorities should take time to find the facts.

    In Arnab's case, a closed case has been reopened after 2.5 years which is not appreciated. Was there no suicide note then? How the case was closed? What made the victim's wife go to the police and lodge a complaint again. The judge dealt with the case rightly as the arrest was improper and he was not convinced.

    No life without Sun

  • #714235
    In cases of abetment to suicide, proving charges directly against the accused and proving their intent is necessary for conviction. Under Section 306 of the IPC, to prove charges of abetment to suicide, it would be necessary to prove the direct involvement of the accused. Accusations made directly in front of the victim create such situations that the victim has no other option but to commit suicide. Suicide and abetment to suicide are both criminal offenses.
    Swati Sharma

    Keep your Face to the SunShine

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