Supreme Court rules in favour of passive euthanasia

The Supreme Court of India has passed an order allowing passive euthanasia, but with some guidelines.

"Human beings have the right to die with dignity," the court observed after passing the order.

The law will now allow an ill person to create a living will, which is a written document.

The will shall state, that a person should not be given life support treatment, if he or she goes into a permanent state of coma.

The option to end life is for terminally-ill patients who cannot recover, and wish to die with dignity.

Advance Directive

Patients can give instructions in advance about the treatment that they wish for, when it becomes too painful. There is also no chance of medicines improving their condition.

The court has also laid out the rules in case the patient is unable to express consent, or there is no ‘advance directive’ available.

In such cases, the family member, or next of kin, can approach a high court to seek permission for passive euthanasia.

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