Utterances cannot be considered as causes for suicide
If someone calls a girl a `call girl’ and if she commits suicide, would it amount to abetment to suicide? The Supreme Court said NO.
A Kolkata girl fell in love with a youth who was an English teacher. They wanted to get married. The girl wanted to finalise the proposal and she met the boy’s parents. But the enraged parents called her a `call girl’ and sent her out.
Reaching home, the girl left a note and committed suicide. The police investigated and in the FIR filed in the court, booked the English teacher as well as his parents as accused to be tried for offence and abetment to suicide.
The Kolkata High Court quashed the police case observing that the offence cannot be made out for want of evidence. The West Bengal government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court but it was rejected as the SC agreed with the High Court.
The incident happened on March 5, 2004 and the girl committed suicide the next day. The SC observed that the case does not present any picture of abetment allegedly committed by the teacher or his parents. The suicide committed by the girl cannot be due to the result of any action on the part of the accused nor can it be said that committing suicide was the only course of action on the part of the girl.
There was no goading or solicitation or insinuation from any of the accused, the Court said. Suppose there was a quarrel between a husband and wife and if the husband tells. "Go and die', will it amount to abetment to suicide? The court said No.
The court clarified that such utterances could not be considered as causes for committing suicide as there was no provocation or solicitation from any of the accused to force her to commit suicide, the court observed.