Suicides and Law

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Suicides and Law
The dictionary defines suicide as the act of taking one’s own life. However, that definition lacks.. lacks in actually defining it.

I suppose as the act of a suicide proceeds at a time of great mental stress .. a time when a decision is to be made… a decision between one’s own life and death ( murders make this choice on other’s life and that is relatively simple) …. Again I presume that a stage of quiet or better called pseudo-quiet follows… for the decision in the mind has been made… even though the mind has decided, what about the heart?? Actually it’s a mental and an emotional game.. I think when a man performs an act of suicide somewhere in the depths of his heart he wishes his attempt to fail… but his mind wishes him to succeed to perfection… Or maybe it is the other way around… his heart decides and his mind back steps… the struggle is not really dead it exists in the unknown…


This struggle between the mind and the heart always exist… In desire, in love, in everything. Again it’s you who decide who the winner should be. Kind of strange, finally it you who makes all the choices. Again why should the struggle exist?? Why can’t they both agree unanimously on one thing and fall upon it.. why do one need to convince oneself of either the practicality of the emotionality of affairs??? Strange I guess the realms of science will one day understand these matters .. and help us understand ourselves better…suicide
I actually wanted to discuss the legal aspects of suicides… However, I guess I wavered off… Anyway returning to the topic, the Indian penal code classifies suicide as illegal. That means in case a wo/man fails her/his suicide attempt then s/he can be prosecuted by law and will face imprisonment or fines… This law is enacted in many countries … I guess, in today’s world, the purpose of this law is to bring down the suicide numbers thus … proving the country is happier…
But the world is changing too… The British penal code … enacted the new suicide act by which this law has been revoked.. Nevertheless, it included a statement saying that the accomplice to suicide is punishable by law.
The history of suicide is long and I guess is a well documented affair. The Japanese did it for honor … In India widows performed it in shame… These were the times when laws making them illegal were enacted.. As the people who committed the act may not be doing it out of free will… But rather due to social pressure and custom…
But think about it, if a wo/man is responsible for her/his choices and for her/his life then s/he must be responsible to the way he wants to live or die. If democracy is freedom then he should be able to kill himself legally… Well in fact the state should help him execute his choice.
The other raging debate in today’s world is that of ethical killings where in a wo/man is put to rest by medical professionals with the consent of her/his family.. when the doctors feel they will ease him out of her/his uncurable pain or there is no chance of recovery… Well some countries allow this.. But what if ?? the decision is wrong…

In today’s entry .. I want to propose an idea to handle all this… Let the state erect a board .. a board where we have psychologists.. counsellors… lawyers and other learned men…
People who want to commit a suicide or people who want to aid in an ethical killing will write a statement of purpose and submit to the board. Proceeding the screening of these SOP… the board will provide free counseling service to all who applied and during the course of these interviews, if the board feels that the person will recuperate or should be given further help they will advice the same. On the other hand, if they feel that there is no choice or if the person is sure of her/his own self’s motives then they will aid him to commit his act and will make it a legal death..
Again a problem arises why should someone else decide whether one lives or not… At this juncture, I would say that we need to permit a little of others people thoughts in our lives just to make sure that one is not succumbing to societal pressure… may be a day will arise when one can walk into an electric chair with no one stopping the act just like he can walk into a bathroom and I really think when that day comes… the chair will remain dusty… Because when a human being is totally free… free of social obligations… free to live life his way… then s/he will just live it her/his way… and will not self – sentence death.

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