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    December 18, 2009
     

    Selective force-feeding

    A couple of weeks ago, the UPA government, and the Congress (I) in particular, capitulated to Chandrashekar Rao's fast-unto-death threat and agreed to carve out a Telangana state.

    A few questions come to mind:

    • Would KCR's fast-unto-death qualify as a suicide attempt? Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code says "Whoever attempts to commit suicide and does any act towards the commission of such offence, shall he punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year [or with fine, or with both]"
    • If KCR was on a fast-unto-death, what prevented the doctors, the police, or the political administration from force-feeding him?
    • If Medha Patkar can be forcefully prevented from her fast, why couldn't the government have done the same thing to KCR?
    • If Irom Sharmila can be force-fed, why couldn't food be shoved down KCR's throat?
    • In the event that a separate Telengana is created, is this the quid-pro-quo game being played - Congress (I) will get KCR Telangana, and make him CM. Remember that there was absolutely no other way by which KCR could have even hoped to become an Andhra Pradesh CM. In return, KCR would join the UPA government
    Yet, even as the government buckled in and chose not to force-feed KCR, Aruna Shanbaug continues to be force-fed and cannot die with dignity. Read more about her.

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