India decides on Euthanasia: Is the debate over?Rateesh Sareen1, Akanksha Dutt2
1Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital and Research Center, Jaipur, India
2Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Jaipur, India
International Medicine 2019; 1(3): 169-172 | DOI: 10.5455/im.42927 PDF
Euthanasia is a dilemma due to the presence of more than one course of conduct justified on various grounds. Medical science has devised solutions for battling excruciating pain and agony. The Supreme Court in March 2018 delivered landmark judgment allowing ‘living will’ where, an adult in his conscious mind, is permitted to refuse medical treatment or voluntarily decide not to take medical treatment to embrace death in a natural way. The judgment gave legal recognition to passive euthanasia in India and robust interpretation of ‘right to life’ including ‘right to die' thereby bringing it within the manifold of article-21 of the constitution of India. The present paper describes the evolution of euthanasia in India contemporary to Dutch law as well as the pros and cons of the landmark judgment in the Aruna Shanbaug case.
Keywords: euthanasia, life, will