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By : Oneindia Video Team
Published : March 28, 2017, 11:24
Duration : 01:32

Parliament passes bill to decriminalise suicide attempt

Parliament passed the new Mental Healthcare Bill that decriminalises attempt to suicide and bans use of electric shock therapy for treating children with mental illness. Survivors of attempted suicide will no longer have to undergo prosecution. The bill, passed by the Rajya Sabha with 134 official amendments in August last year, was passed in the lower House by voice vote as all parties supported the legislation. Since the person undertakes the step in extreme mental stress – meaning it is triggered by mental illness -- the Bill does not criminalise it. Also, the Bill gives an opportunity to a person to provide advance directions on the kind of treatment they would want in case diagnosed with a mental illness in future.
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