The following extract from Mental Health bill 2013 is a welcome change

124. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 309 of the Indian Penal Code,any person who attempts to commit suicide shall be presumed, unless  proved otherwise, to be suffering from mental illness at the time of attempting sucide and  shall not be liable to punishment under the said section.

(2) The appropriate Government shall have a duty to provide care, treatment and rehabilitation to a person, having mental illness and who attempted to  commit suicide, to reduce the risk of recurrence of attempt to commit suicide.

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