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Euthanasia In India: The Right To Die

Sneha Mukherjee, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA


The world of medical ethics, ethics of humanity and the principles related with right to life are intertwined with each other and are supremely valued in our nation and worldwide. However, none of these areas are free from the grey labyrinths that have to be explored in order to understand when the exceptions take the center stage in the human life and how to deal with such situations.

Euthanasia is that abstract area which can be defined as the process by which a person’s life is terminated with the help of medication under a circumstance whereby, he has been suffering from an incurable and extremely painful disease or has slipped into irreversible coma or ventilation or has been in a completely vegetative state. This process is called mercy-killing as the only motive to end the life of the patient is to end his suffering after a complete surety of the fact that he cannot be exempted from it. This is usually done with people who have either no relatives, have obtained the permission of the government to die or have their closest relatives requesting to exercise the right to die for them. Various countries have various laws for the execution of this process, in this article, we shall explicitly talk of the system related to euthanasia prevalent in India.


Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


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