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GHAI: Law Reform Commission should reconsider criminalising attempted suicide

Historically, suicide itself was a crime in various western countries

In Summary

• The  Penal Code says: “Any person who attempts to kill himself is guilty of a misdemeanour” – and the punishment is up to two years imprisonment

• The notion that a person who genuinely felt life was so unbearable that they tried to kill themselves should have to face arrest, detention, a trial and perhaps a prison sentence is repellent.

It is good to see that the Kenya Psychiatric Association has asked Parliament to remove the crime of attempted suicide from the Penal Code – and to see this has the support of Bishop Oginde of Citam. ...

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