Recently, recognizing living wills made by terminally-ill patients, the Supreme Court has held that the right to die with dignity is a fundamental right. What do you think about passive euthanasia(Mercy Killing) now being a legal reality in India? Express your views.
 
Kajol Shrivastava – I think it’s a very thoughtful decision by the Supreme Court on painful illness for a long term. Since there are many people who must be suffering from. Which might be very troublesome for them to an extent that we cannot imagine. That people don’t take advantage of these decisions for their own benefit. And we all must support this decision and see to it.
 
Ankush Bali – Life and death are two important things which are under the control of the creator, the GOD. If human beings will start controlling it then the importance and values of karma will vanish.
 
Ruhi Chaturvedi – I think it was long overdue. No one wants to live with so much pain and to make the matter worst with the patient Even the family members struggle. It’s always a good choice to let go of the person without giving trouble or pain.
 
Rashami Desai – It all depends on the situation but of course! Giving a thought about something like this is only depressing. And the law doesn’t allow for all this.   India is a progressive nation. It is a good move by Supreme Court. Passive Euthanasia is a legal reality is a positive sign. At least that puts an end to a family of the patients suffering as well as the patients. Prolonged illness is a reality in India. I totally support the move. It should have been legal long ago but then better late than never. It’s better to face realities than beating around the bush. The action-oriented approach of the nation is surely a positive move.
 
Karan Wahi – I think its a great move because I feel we will neva be able to understand the state which paraplegic go through. And it had been an individual’s right and call to live or not to live.
 
Vivian Dsena –  It is a good decision. It is better than anyone suffering for long. Suffering due to illness is mental and physical torture for all concerned. When the person who is suffering and his or her family are open for it why not? In 2018 we are in a new India compared to the India of 10 years back. The country is progressing and thought processes are opening up. The broader we think and be realistic better it is.
 
Laksh – It’s a very good decision, on the basis of humanity when you see your dear ones under intense pain and there is no other medicine or prayer working for them, people should have the right to end their life. But I also hope people don’t misuse this right in the name of the judiciary.  
 
Rohit Purohit – It should have happened 10 years ago but then better late than never. This is a good decision. It means the country is moving forward. Just that we need to be practical in this area as at the end of the day, it’s letting the patient free from suffering. It’s an emotional and tough decision to make but in many cases perhaps the right one. 
 
Randeep Rai – According to me, euthanasia should be allowed only if the patient is over the age of 50-60. The government needs to look at all aspects before passing such a significant law. We need not follow other countries in the exact same pattern.  
 
Smiriti Kalra – Passive euthanasia is now a legal reality. It will provide a huge relief to patients in a vegetative state and more so to their families who live in constant fear and spend all their savings to keep their hope alive… Sometimes knowing that it’s all in vain. In a great war, or a legendary love story, what is common. It’s hope. The hope of victory. When hope is lost, all is lost. With losing hope, the war is lost. Similarly, once the patient has slipped into a vegetative state and is kept alive by artificial means, it just prolongs the pain. Because the doctor has given up hope. Most often that not, the family feels guilty about giving up. And they end up destroying their lives financially and emotionally to carry on with the false hope… Just because our law didn’t support euthanasia. 

All said and done, this fundamental right to end life with dignity comes to us with huge responsibility. But there’s also a huge chance of it being misused by the next of kin of certain patients. So the Indian medical fraternity has now been given a mammoth responsibility to ensure that this law is used to help patients rather than be misused for selfish purpose I  hope that years of this legal battle will not be rendered useless.



 

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