In a recent update for the Manav Singh Suicide case that took place in May last year, a chargesheet has been filed against the both main accused minor girls under Section 305 and Section 34 of the IPC – the offences carry an imprisonment upto 10-years. However, the girls has taken anticipatory bail from court.
Abetment of suicide of child or insane person – If any person under eighteen years of age, any insane person, any delirious person, any idiot, or any person in a state of intoxication, commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such suicide, shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
When a criminal act is done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention of all, each of such persons is liable for that act in the same manner as if it were done by him alone.
The chargesheet was filed on January 29, 2021 against which a Protest Petition u/s 173(8) CRPC was filed by the counsel representing Manav on February 19, 2021, stating glaring deficiencies of the police inquest.
In the latest hearing before the juvenile court on March 24, 2021, the police have been directed to file their final reply by April 06, 2021.
Manav’s father Manoj Kumar alleges lapses in police investigation despite several follow ups by themselves as well as their counsel Amish Aggarwala. Father further states that details of whatsapp, instagram, snapchat, other social media have still not been produced. He quotes:
All that can be said at this moment is that we are hopeful, that court will see the extremely glaring way in which the chargesheet was compiled, which only makes it easier for the accused persons to get a discharge. We will be putting our contentions with utmost fervour in pursuit of justice for Manav Singh.
As reported by TOI, Advocate Vishal Gupta representing the girls said that his clients were victims instead and the case was thrust upon the girls.
17-year-old Manav Singh died by suicide on May 4, 2020 during the ongoing Bois Locker Room controversy. However, this case is not linked to BLR, but a separate case where a minor girl named Manav in a #MeToo post on her instagram account. Soon, a gang of people including the minor girl’s friend (another girl) allegedly started social media bashing and defamation of Manav Singh. Due to immense trolling, the minor boy ended his life within 2-hours of the instagram post.
The incident narrated by the girl allegedly took place two-years ago. Watch detailed interview with Manav Singh’s father below.