Supreme Court Allows ‘Living Will’ To Kill With Strict Guidelines

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New Delhi: In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court today allowed ‘living will’ made by terminally-ill patients for passive euthanasia in the country.

The Supreme Court said that directions and guidelines laid down by it and its directive shall remain in force till a legislation is brought by the Parliament in this regard.

A five judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said passive euthanasia is permissible since a person cannot be allowed to continue suffering in a comatose state when he or she doesn’t wish to live.

In 2011, the court recognised passive euthanasia in Aruna Shanbaug’s case by which it had permitted withdrawal of life-supporting system from patients not in a position to make an informed decision.

Article 21 of the Constitution of India provides that “no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.”

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