Punjab Police Posted An Insensitive Reminder And People Are PISSED

By Noomyalay Khan | 22 May, 2021

The Punjab Police posted a tweet about the criminal law on suicide and people are not happy.

TRIGGER WARNING: mention of suicide law.

Last evening, the Punjab Police posted a tweet about the law on suicide as a reminder, and it came off as pretty insensitive.

The criminal law in section 325 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 is directed at those that commit the act of suicide – and fail.

 

According to the law “Whoever attempts to commit suicide and does any act towards the commission of such offense, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.”

That essentially means if you fail to…end your life, the police can fine you, or jail you, or do both.

 

The law is not new, but it seems like it is being reinforced.

The law seems to be in place since the British colonial era, although there have been unsuccessful attempts to remove it. However, this time around, the backlash is loud and people are not here for it.

Many pointed out how this was insensitive and unnecessary on the part of the Punjab Police, presenting counter-arguments.

 

People started coming up with alternate (and better) solutions for Punjab Police.

 

 

Therapy and rehab – both GREAT options.

 

Some people resorted to dark humor – which, again, it’s a sensitive issue. Best not to make jokes.

As grave as the issue and as sensitive a topic it is, you cannot ignore the atrocity and almost nearly laughable take on this issue that Punjab Police has taken.

The meme brigade did not forgive the Punjab Police account for advertising this in the manner that they did.

 

 

Even law enforcement officials took to pointing out the absurdity of the situation.

 

As the uproar on social media grows and more and more people call the government for change and better laws, it helps to remember that Pakistan is one of the few countries that signed WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020, though one asks what steps have been taken to implement this plan?

What do you think about the whole thing? Let us know in the comments.

 

For anyone struggling with their mental health:

042-35761999 is the number for the National Suicide and Crisis helpline.

+923117786264 is the number for the Umang suicide helpline.

 

Here’s How Photoshopped Pictures From Her Ex Led This Girl To Attempt Suicide

 

We Need to Talk About Suicide Before More Students in Pakistan Die

 


 

Cover image via twitter.com/OfiicialDPRPP and www.satp.org

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