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Crime Patrol: Father gets 5-year RI for driving son to commit suicide (Episode 31 on 12th August 2011)

The Inside Story

Father Convicted for Abetting Suicide of 11-Year-Old Son in Mumbai, Maharashtra

A fast track court in Sewree, Mumbai, Maharashtra, convicted a 40-year-old man, Diwan Singh, for abetting the suicide of his 11-year-old son, Jai, whom he frequently beat. Sessions Judge N G Gimekar sentenced Singh to five years of rigorous imprisonment. Singh, who worked with an LPG cylinder agency, was arrested on July 12, 2011, after his son consumed a bottle of pesticide and died.

According to the prosecution, the child was depressed and regularly beaten by his father. On the day of the incident, Singh had beaten Jai for regularly bunking school. Twice in the past, Jai had bunked school, and Singh, fearing that his son was abducted, had filed a complaint with the police. When Singh returned home for lunch, he saw his son playing, lost his cool and hit him so severely that neighbours had to intervene. Despite this, Singh continued to beat his son, causing him to suffer 20 injuries, according to medical reports.

Neighbours testified against Singh, narrating several instances when he had beaten his child. One witness also hinted at the possibility of the child being depressed. While the police had booked Singh under the charge of abetment of suicide, the defence maintained that Singh was only guilty of beating his son and not pushing him to commit suicide. However, the court found Singh guilty of abetting the suicide of his son. The incident has shocked the local community, and the court's decision sends a strong message against child abuse and domestic violence.


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