Suicide is Redundant (MoH)

Context :
A national strategy for suicide prevention is under discussion at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
In News :
India continues to have the dubious distinction of recording the highest number, or 34% of all suicides in the world.
Once prepared, it is expected that it should remove confusion surrounding Section 309 of the IPC, according to which attempted suicide continues to be a criminal offence.
According to medical experts, after the Mental Healthcare Act (MCHA), 2017, the Section has become “redundant” but still remains in law books.
Section 309 of the IPC says that a suicide attempt is punishable with simple imprisonment, which may extend up to one year,
However, Section 115 of the MCHA, 2017 states that “any person who attempts to commit suicide shall be presumed, unless proved otherwise, to have severe stress and shall not be tried and punished under the said Code (Section 309 of IPC).”

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