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Dignity in death: Top observations of SC which allowed passive euthanasia

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    While allowing passive euthanasia, the Supreme Court made some very interesting observations. The court held that the right to die with dignity is a fundamental right.

    Dignity in death: Top observations of SC which allowed passive euthanasia

    A Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra said that passive euthanasia is permissible as also advance directive of a person refusing life support treatment in case it is determined that s/he couldn't be revived.

    Top observations on passive euthanasia:

    • Dying is a process of living, which eventually leads to death. As human beings, we are bound to protect our integrity. Medical technology must make advancements for prolonged life and make life easier.
    • The ability of modern medical science to prolong life should be balanced with a responsibility to provide quality of life.
    • Sanctity of life includes dignity and autonomy of the individual to live a meaningful existence. Right to meaningful existence t to die with dignity and without suffering.
    • Active euthanasia is unlawful.
    • To deprive an individual of dignity at the end of life is to deprive him of meaningful existence.
    • The ability of modern medical science to prolong life should be balanced with a responsibility to provide quality of life.
    • To be is to die.
    • Morality, religion, philosophy, law and society have conflicting opinions on whether the right to life includes right to death.
    • Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If there is death, I am not.
    • Life without dignity is unacceptable.

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