Indian Supreme Court Allows the ‘Right to Die With Dignity’ and Makes Passive Euthanasia Easier to Implement
- The Indian Supreme Court has given legal sanction to passive euthanasia stating that patients have the right to die with dignity
- The Court has issued a detailed guideline in this regard that will remain effective till a law is in place
- Medindia spoke to Dr. R K Mani, Chairman of the Ethics Committee that formulated the guideline on End-of-Life and Palliative Care about his views on the Supreme Court's judgment
The Supreme Court of India in a landmark judgment has allowed an individual to draft a 'living will' in advance to ensure that they are not put on unnecessary life support, if they slip into an irreversible coma. The judgment was passed by a five-judge Constitutional bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, which said: "Human beings have the right to die with dignity."
involves the withdrawal of medical treatment with the deliberate intention to hasten the death of a patient with an incurable disease. ...