Right to Life includes right to Die
On Friday, March 9th 2018, the Supreme Court of India legalises passive Euthanasia and living will, and lays down a set of strict guidelines to prevent abuse. The verdict was given so that those terminally ill patients who are in Persistent and incurable Vegetative State (PVS) can opt for a dignified exit by refusing medical treatment or medical support. In this context Chief Justice of India Mr. Dipak Mishra said:
“There comes a phase in life when the spring of life is frozen, the rain of circulation becomes dry, the movement of body becomes motionless, the rainbow of life becomes colourless, and the word ‘life’ which one calls a dance in space and time becomes still and blurred and the inevitable death comes near to hold it as an octopus gripping firmly with its tentacles so that the person shall rise up never.”
– as reported in Times Of India, Kolkata edition, March 10th 2018.
Following are the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India regarding passive euthanasia.