05 January 2011

Suicides And Attempted Suicides


Under Section 309 of the Penal Code, a person who attempts to commit suicide, or does anything towards the attempt, may be jailed for a year, fined, or both.

In 2007, there were 374 suicides.  In addition, 706 people were arrested for attempting suicide, and 11 were charged in court.

In 2008, there were 364 suicides.  In addition, 821 people were arrested for attempting suicide, and eight were charged in court.

In 2009, there were 401 suicides.  In addition, 842 people were arrested for attempting suicide, and nine were charged in court.

In the first eleven months of 2010, there were 188 suicides (provisional).  729 deaths were unclassified.

In the first six months of 2010, 391 people were arrested for attempting suicide.

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Notes:

"Punishing For Suicide Bids: Does It Work?", The Straits Times, 15 December 2010.

Yearbook Of Statistics 2010, Department Of Statistics.

Singapore Demographic Bulletin, November 2010.

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