Right to die in dignity: What the laws in India say about euthanasia


On March 9, 2018, the Supreme Court of India legalised passive euthanasia by means of withdrawal of life support to patients in a permanent vegetative state.

New Delhi, Aug 13: A woman approached the Delhi High Court seeking to stop her friend from travelling to Switzerland to undergo euthanasia on account of his debilitating inflammatory disease.

In her plea she has sought a directive to the Centre not to grant her friend emigration clearance. She said in her petition that her friend is suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and he was travelling to Switzerland for the physician assisted suicide.

The origin:

The word ‘Euthanasia’ comes from the Ancient Greek word ‘Eu’ meaning good and ‘thanos’ which means death. Euthanasia means good death and it is an act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or in an incurable condition by injection or by suspending extraordinary medical treatment in order to free the patient of the intolerable pain.

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