One of the historic decision has come today that the Supreme Court of India has declared Right to Die with dignity as a fundamental right.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said, ” the guidelines will be in force till legislation on the same is passed by the Parliament.” The bench also comprised justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.
The CJI’s judgment said, “the heart of the matter is what the er law permits the acceleration of death without suffering. Passive euthanasia, defined by the SC in Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug vs Union Of India & Ors (March 7, 2011), entails withholding of medical treatment for the continuance of life, e.g. withholding of antibiotics where without giving it a patient is likely to die.”
Supreme Court allows advance directive (living will) and passive euthanasia. Advance Directive lets a person decide in advance whether or not to be put on life support in case of terminal illness. Court also lays down guidelines on how it can be executed @IndianExpress
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As per the reported by news agency PTI, “The court, hearing a petition filed by NGO Common Cause, said advance directives for terminally-ill patients could be issued and executed by the next friend or relatives of the person after which a medical board would consider it.”
According to the Justice Chandrachud said:
Life and death are inseparable. Every moment our bodies undergo change, life is not disconnected from death. Dying is a part of the process of living.
Well, what do you think about the right to die with dignity as a fundamental right?