Suicide should be considered a criminal offense because it is still technically taking a life and should be considered as much. It should not make a difference if it is your own life or not. If we go too easy on people who attempt this than we can not stop them before doing it.
Suicide is not selfish, but what is selfish is pushing someone to the point of suicide, however you may have done it, and whoever did that should have been charged with murder. It is also selfish to let someone suffer rather then letting them take there own life. If your going to take your own life though, best to think it through first, because it may feel like it could get worse, but you never know what your missing, maybe you will save people also suicidal or make millions of dollars, but you will never know if your dead, but suicide still shouldn't be illegal, if anything the person causing someone to suffer to the point of suicide should be arrested for life sentence for murder or if the victim isnt dead then attempted murder.
Those who attempt suicide see it as their only choice. They just want their pain to go away. Mental illness is often at the root of suicidal tendencies, and you have no idea what's going through another person't mind. Those who attempt suicide do not intend to harm others, they just want their pain to go away so what the heck is wrong with wanting to end the pain.
Bear in mind that the 'suspect' is also the victim. In any other case you would never even think of punishing the victim.
In reality the true murderer in a suicide case is the person that pushed them over the edge. After a suicide a trial should be held but not for the victim. It should be to find out who made them commit suicide. They are murderers.
You cannot stop someone committing suicide so what's the point.
You cannot punish someone if they are dead so again, what's the point. You could say punish the family but what the hell have they done?? (Assuming they weren't abusive or anything)
So say it is mandatory to keep on living is disgusting.
After you kill yourself, how can you be given a trial, if it were to become a crime? Also, you would be unable to be given any reasonable punishment, because people do NOT want a dead body stinking up a jail house. If you are taking your own life, and murder might have the possible death penalty, then how could you give a dead person a death penalty? Do they turn you into a zombie and then kill you again?
They are taking their own lives. That is their right, it is NOT the same as taking another life and cannot be viewed as such, particularly if the person has a life of misery and / or pain.
After seeing a relative in such misery I am now in full support of voluntary suicide. The only time he looked peaceful was in the mortuary, He spent years in agony and sickness from cancer.
Sad, but true.
1) You are in control of your life
2) It is not selfish
3) Would their family and friends rather see them suffer everyday living a horrible life than to be at peace? If so, than THAT'S selfish.
4) No judgement should be made of suicidal people
5) It is often not attention seeking
Suicide should not be a punishable criminal offense because people should have the right to decide whether or not they want to end their own life. No one else should have a say in the matter. Punishing suicide attempts (because obviously successful suicides can't be punished) is just obutse and unnecessary.
I do not believe it is necessary to create laws to protect people from themselves. I certainly do not believe there is any reason to create laws against suicide. This would be a law that wouldn't benefit anyone. Suicide is very tragic and ideally it wouldn't happen, but making it a criminal offense isn't going to help anyone.
Suicide primarily hurts only the person who is trying to take their own lives. Of course it would hurt the family as well for losing them, but I am sure that the family would not want to see their loved one become a criminal on top of it all. Besides, who is going to be punished for killing themselves unless they survive the attempt and then it's just attempted suicide.
While society frowns upon suicide, people that attempt and fail to kill themselves shouldn't be prosecuted as criminals. Attempting suicide isn't a criminal offense, even though it is a misguided action. These individuals need some mental healthcare and nothing more. By prosecuting people for this non-crime, we'd be making a huge mistake.