Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that his government will scrap the law providing for punishment to a person who attempts to commit suicide.
“Normally the law provides for punishment to a person for committing the crime. However, there is a law in our country which provides for punishment for having failed to commit the crime,” he said referring to provision for jail to a person attempting to commit suicide.
Elaborating, he told people at a rally in Sports Stadium here that “You may be surprised that there has been a law which sends one to jail if one wants to end life and survives due to failed attempt. So far as one going to jail after committing a crime is understandable, but not the one getting punishment for being unsuccessful in committing a crime,” he added.
After coming to power, his government had consultations over the issue, Modi said, adding that the government shall look into the circumstances compelling a person to end life. “He needs sympathy and not the punishment… We need to understand his pain and the grief,” he said, adding that the one desiring to commit suicide needs to be advised that the path chosen by one is not correct.
“The one needs to be persuaded not to end one’s life and have faith that there will be solution to one’s problems,” Modi said, adding that “this law would not be allowed to remain in existence”.
He also referred to another law requiring a job seeker get one’s certificates attested from a gazetted officer. Pointing out that one had to stand in queue for hours and sometimes even pay money for it, Modi said that his government ended this unnecessary practice after coming to power.
“Today in the age of zeros copies, one needs to trust people of the country. However, one’s original certificates can be checked after one gets the job,” he added.