Himachal Pradesh HC directed to ‘Activate Anti-Suicide Helpline within 3 weeks’:

Due to rising cases of suicides in lockdown period Himachal Pradesh High Court directed the State Government on August 28 to activate anti-suicide helpline number within three weeks. Justice Sureshwar Thakur and Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia Court directed the Government in response to a plea by a law student seeking effective steps to prevent increasing number of suicidal cases in the State.

The petitioner contended that due to COVID-19 and unemployment suicidal cases are increasing. He also stated that “a lot of people are undergoing depression or other sought of mental illness which is leading to suicides a day in and day out and young people who are the most cherished assets of the nation are losing their life untimely.”

The bench directed the government to implement effective measures to curb suicides and on immediate effect activate a suicide prevention helpline number. The Court is going the hear the matter next on October 15.

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