Re-Visiting the Stance on Euthanasia in India

  • Komal Rathee
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  • Komal Rathee

    Student at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, India

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Right to die has been a matter of controversial debate in India. In 2012, legalizing passive euthanasia stirred public opinion. While the proponents of euthanasia may see it as a progressive step but how can one justify the death of a patient which is caused by lack of food or treatment? Why the patient has to wait for his/her death while suffering even more but cannot have an immediate death? The total denial of the right to autonomy without due consideration of the unique state of affairs persisting in India is alarming. It is unacceptable to administer euthanasia according to the Supreme Court guidelines only without any comprehensive legal framework. Life is the most valuable asset which cannot be put to an end only because the medical practitioners or the relatives are of such an opinion. This article critically examines the position and various issues related to euthanasia in India.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 1, Page 1095 - 1099


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