PIL in High Court against Delhi govt ‘glorifying suicide’

Delhi govt's farmer's compensation scheme for Ganjendra Singh has been challenged in a PIL filed before the Delhi High Court.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: May 6, 2015 4:15 am
Delhi High Court, Delhi govt’s farmer’s compensation scheme for Ganjendra Singh has been challenged in a PIL filed before the Delhi High Court.

The decision of the Delhi government to launch a farmers’ compensation scheme named after Gajendra Singh, who died during a recent AAP rally, has been challenged in a PIL filed before the Delhi High Court.

The PIL, which is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, alleges that the action of the AAP government to label Gajendra Singh as a “martyr” and name the compensation scheme after him amounted to abetment of suicide.

“After the suicide of Gajendra Singh Kalyanwat, the government of NCT of Delhi has decided not only to declared him a ‘martyr’ but also launch a farmers’ compensation scheme after his name apart from promising a government job to one of his kin on compassionate ground. This act of respondent no. 1 (Delhi government) is nothing but an effort to glorify, justify, praise, support and consecrate the act of suicide; attempt thereof itself is an offence under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860,” the PIL said.

The plea — filed through advocate Avadh Kaushik — further said, “Thus, nobody, let alone the Delhi government, can support and glorify such an act of
cowardice. ”

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