Even as the Indian government decriminalised ‘attempt to suicide’ by deleting section 309 of the India Penal Code in December last year, the Alibaug police on Thursday booked a 22-year-old woman under the dead law.
The woman, Pooja Ajit Verma, is an undertrial prisoner at the Alibaug jail. She was arrested by the Poladpur police for allegedly attempting to kill her husband on April 5, police said. The court had remanded her in judicial custody on Wednesday.
Around 10am on Thursday, she entered the toilet inside the jail and tried to hang herself with her dupatta. A woman guard, who was waiting outside, however, caught and stopped her from doing so, the police said. The Alibaug police later registered an FIR under sections 309 of IPC against her.
When asked how they can book someone under a dead law, BR Chowdhary, senior inspector of Alibaug police station, said: “So far, we have not received any order from the authorities on this section of the IPC. We have booked the woman after discussing the matter with our departmental law officer. Therefore, we do not see anything wrong with it.” Sashikant Mahavarkar, superintendent of police of Raigad, refused to comment on the issue.