People Vouch Not To Sensationalise Sushant Singh Rajput’s Suicide Story

Journalists, editors and media houses are being encouraged to not sensationalise or normalise stories about suicides in reports or in headlines.

After noted actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide, people started debating not to sensationalise the mental health issues in public and the family members must consult the doctors.

“Parents, friends and the near ones must take to doctors whenever they see some unusual behaviour in the person,” an mental-health related activist said.

A year back, the Press Council of India had also asked Indian media houses to be careful while reporting on suicide.

Journalists, editors and media houses are being encouraged to not sensationalise or normalise stories about suicides in reports or in headlines, and to not report on suicide in a way that makes it seem like suicide is a solution to any problem.

It has also said that journalists should not explicitly report on the method of suicide which a person may have used, and not provide details of the exact location where the suicide happened.

Photographs and videos of the incident must also not be used.

India’s Mental Health Care Act, 2017 says that the media should not publish photographs or any other information about a person undergoing mental health treatment without their consent.

The WHO also issued guidelines for reporting about suicide.

Press Council of India has referred to these two texts to formulate their own brief guidelines which Indian media can also start using.

WHO’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, had said that there is a “need to reduce stigma, shame associated with suicide and not glamourise either.

Shooting with Sushant Singh Rajput: Saif’s Experience

Actor Saif Ali Khan recalled shooting with Sushant Singh Rajput, and said that he quite liked him, but noticed that he was ‘a little on the edge’.

Saif, who appeared in a cameo in what will be Sushant’s final film, Dil Bechara, told The Times of India, “I knew him. I shot with him… When Sara described him, she always described him as being a really remarkable person. And I thought if this guy really understands Sartre, the way he says, and he is as intelligent as she’s making him out to be, then he’s obviously more intelligent than I am.

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