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SC Upholds Conviction Of Woman For Abetting Suicide Of Young Girl By Calling Her ‘Prostitute’ [Read Order]

‘The deceased was aged 26 years and being a young unmarried girl could have been upset over such verbal abuse heaped on her which led her to take a decision of committing suicide by setting herself ablaze.”

Words are to be more carefully used, lest it becomes a sword, which can destroy life of people around us. This case which came before the Supreme Court highlights this message.

The Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a lady who had abused a young girl by calling her a prostitute.

In the year 1998, a young girl committed suicide by setting herself on fire. The reason, as she stated in her dying declaration, are harsh and abusive words by another lady who called her a ‘prostitute’.

The trial court convicted the lady under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code and sentenced her to undergo imprisonment for a period of three years. The high court upheld the conviction, however reducing the sentence to one-year imprisonment.

In the appeal preferred against these orders by the accused (Rani @ Sahayarani v. State of Tamil Nadu), the bench of Justice R Banumathi and Justice Vineet Saran, upholding the conviction, observed: “By a reading of the dying declaration annexed with the paper book as Annexure P-2, it is seen that the deceased has clearly stated about the abusive language used by the appellant against her, calling the deceased as a prostitute. The deceased was aged 26 years and being a young unmarried girl could have been upset over such verbal abuse heaped on her which led her to take a decision of committing suicide by setting herself ablaze.”

The bench also directed the accused to surrender to custody within four weeks to serve the remaining sentence.

Read the Order Here

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  • p d amarnath says:

    Well done. In committing or abetting crimes, there is no advantage or disadvantage between genders, either physical or psychological. Thus, the verdict is fine and we’ll balanced. Quodoes to the judges.

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