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  May 2016
  April 2016

Dear readers,

Life can be hard; sometimes much too hard to keep living. But then, most of us would still say that suicide is for the coward. Yet it is not difficult to imaging a situation when even the bravest of us would prefer being dead. However, for those who find life insufferable enought to take the plunge, success might lead them into heaven or hell or nowhere, but failure would certainly land them in prison in India. So, how right is it to drag this already devasted fellow to the prison punishing him for attempting suicide?

Law does not entitle one to take one's own life because one's life and well-being is guaranteed by the State and since right to life is an inalienable right, one has no right to waive it in any condition whatsoever. This is also why if one's right to life or well-being is breached in any manner, the State steps in to rap the offender.

However, despite being technically sound, the law seems to overlook the gravity of the circumstances under which a person would consider terminating one's own life howsoever miserable that be; therefore, it appears inhuman to heap additional misery on him. However, decriminalizing attempt to suicide is not the same thing as making right to die a part of right to life. Careful, there

(Manish Arora)

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