Indian government goes against mercy killing
Filed Under: Health & Science, Opinion | Posted: 03/06/2011 at 3:59AM
Comments | Region: India
The ruling government has rejected the recommendations of Law commission to allow terminally ill patients to choose death to end their suffering. Attorney general G.E. Vahanvati has told the Supreme Court of India on 1st March 2011 that western considerations hardly apply to Indian conditions and culture. In the case of Aruna Ramachandra Shanbaug in the background, who is terminally ill and confined to bed in King Edward medical college in Mumbai for the last 37 years, the AG argued before Justices Markendey Katju and Gyanshudha Mishra against allowing a euthanasia plea for her. The special bench of judges will pronounce the verdict on plea on 7th of March 2011.
The Law commission has recommended the government to allow euthanasia to persons, who are unable to take normal care of their bodies and have lost all their senses and earnestly seek death to end their suffering. The AG disagreed on the ground that
“Euthanasia” meaning a good death in Greek is popularly described now-a-days as mercy killing. It has long been considered a taboo in
The Supreme Court in
Everyone expressed surprise to see the terminally ill patient not in a coma but alive and taking food.