Legal Perspective of Euthanasia

Kriti Misra 
(Student, Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India)

Volume-1, Issue-1, 2018

Euthanasia came into limelight in India by Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug vs Union of India. Though Supreme Court in this landmark case elaborated the difference between passive and active euthanasia and legalised voluntary passive euthanasia, the attempts could not remove the cloud of doubts hanging over. The debates are still going on because our Constitution recognises the right of life and the right to live does not mean right to die. This paper explores the reasons why “Active euthanasia” should be legalised in India. It starts with some threads of history and then conjoins it with the arguments made in favour of euthanasia. It aims at providing the readers a legal perspective of euthanasia.

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