False Promise to Marriage Not Prima Facie Abetment to Suicide

The Madras HC on Wednesday released a person booked for the offense punishable under Section 306 of IPC.

According to the prosecution the petitioner had compelled the victim to commit suicide by giving her a false promise of marriage. The petitioner is the sole accused.

The deceased is a divorcee. The petitioner and the deceased become friends through online games and thereafter, she said to have developed love with the petitioner. It was alleged that the petitioner had promised to marry her.

Subsequently, after coming to know that she was a divorcee, the petitioner refused to marry her. In the said circumstances, the deceased committed suicide by consuming poison. Hence, the complaint came to be registered against the petitioner.

The counsel on behalf of the petitioner submitted that there is no allegation of abetment against the petitioner and hence he should be released on bail.

After perusing the records, the HC observed that the deceased was a divorcee, and the petitioner and the deceased developed friendship. Earlier, the petitioner was willing to marry the deceased, subsequently, after coming to know that she was a divorcee, he refused to marry her.

In the said circumstances, she committed suicide. From the materials available, as of now, there is no primafacie material available to show that the petitioner has abetted the deceased to commit suicide.

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Consequently, bail was granted to the petitioner on a bail bond of Rs 10,000/-. 

Story by Harshwardhan Pawar – Intern

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