Landmark Ruling : Euthanasia is permissible says Supreme Court
New Delhi : In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Friday gave its nod to passive euthanasia which means a living person can draft a will that he should not be given life-support treatment if he slips into coma.
Today’s ruling was in context of a petition filed by NGO “Common Cause” which sought recognition for “living will”.
“How can a person not have right to prevent torture to his/her body” the petitioner asked.
In a 5-0 ruling, the five-member Constitution bench headed by Dipak Misra held that “Human beings have the right to die with dignity”.
To become a law however, the Centre has to move the legislation however, the directives of the court will prevail until such time.
Passive euthanasia is a condition where there is withdrawal of medical treatment with conscious aim to hasten death of a terminally-ill patient.