Mumbai, Dec 18: As the Supreme Court mulls over granting mercy killing of Aruna Shanbaug, who has been in a vegetative state for 36 years, the KEM hospital staff puts its faith in the judiciary.
A plea seeking 'right to die' on behalf of 61-year-old rape victim has been placed in front of the apex court and the debate over the issue has begun.
"What the Supreme Court will have to decide is whether the condition of Aruna has deteriorated over the years. It is by no means an easy decision for anyone to make," KEM Hospital's Dean Dr Sanjay Oak told a news agency.
"The matter is sub-judice. So we will not like to say anything more. The staff at the hospital, where Aruna is admitted, are sad. They have been taking care of her all these years and will continue to do so. We have faith in the judiciary," he added.
The petition on behalf of Aruna was filed by human rights activists led by Pinki Virani on the basis that keeping her alive by force feeding her violates her right to die with dignity.