• Thursday, August 11, 2022


India’s top court says passive euthanasia is permissible

A view of the Indian Supreme Court in New Delhi. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

Right to die with dignity is a fundamental right, India’s Supreme Court has said. In a landmark judgement, the court on Friday gave legal sanction to passive euthanasia and has issued detailed guidelines in this regard. Reading out the judgement, the Chief Justice of India said the judges were unanimous that the living will should be permitted as a person cannot be allowed to continue suffering in coma when he or she does not wish to live. The ruling comes from a petition filed by an NGO seeking direction for recognition of ‘living will.’ In its petition, the NGO contended…

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