Living Will' For Euthanasia


The Supreme Court has allowed the recognition of 'living will' drafted by a terminally ill patient seeking passive euthanasia.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said passive euthanasia and advance living will are "permissible". Human beings 'have the right to die with dignity'.

Passive euthanasia is a condition where there is withdrawal of medical treatment with the deliberate intention to hasten the death of a terminally-ill patient. It is legal in India unlike the controversial active Euthanasia, which entails use of lethal substances to either voluntarlity or involuntarily end a life.

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