The Supreme Court on Friday quashed criminal proceedings and a non-bailable warrant issued against a woman in a case of alleged suicide under the SC/ST Act and observed that abetment involves the mental process of instigating or intentionally aiding a person in doing a thing.
The Tripura High Court had earlier taken suo motu cognizance of an incident in which a lady died by suicide after a video showing her in a compromising position was leaked and displayed in public in front of the members of the village community.
The Supreme Court will continue its hearing in an appeal filed by the mother of a woman finance officer, for CBI inquiry into the death of her daughter, who had committed suicide allegedly due to repeated sexual harassment at her workplace at BHEL Hyderabad office.
The Court set aside a Sessions Court judgement dated June 29, 2012 convicting husband and other family members for offences punishable under section 498-A, 302, 304-B r/w 34 of Indian Penal Code and Section 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.
A recent case in Haryana confirms that abetment to suicide is a very dubious section. In many cases, causes of suicide are psychological and societal and should be dealt with accordingly and legal tests should be used before prosecution.
The most disturbing element in the Sushant Rajput suicide case is how the media in general has discarded all norms of ethics, decency and objectivity by its sensationalism and biased coverage. It paints a grim picture for the future of the Indian news space.