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ZENITH International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research
Year : 2019, Volume : 9, Issue : 6
First page : ( 367) Last page : ( 373)
Online ISSN : 2231-5780.

Euthanasia: An Indian Perspective

Dr. Agarwal Ritu1, Ms. Balyan Bhavya2

1Assistant Professor, Amity University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. rituagarwal162@gmail.com

2Scholar, BA.LLB, Amity University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, bhavyabalyan@gmail.com

Online published on 10 September, 2019.

Abstract

Euthanasia is a way of ending a person's life who has been suffering from intolerable pain or undignified death. It means ending the life a person who is suffering from some terminal or mental illness which is making his life miserable as well as painful or ending a life which is not worth living. Many patients in a persistent vegetative state or else in terminal illness do not want to be a burden on their family members. In such cases euthanasia can be considered as a way to upheld the ‘Right to life’ by honouring ‘Right to die’ with dignity. But the main problem is that how should one decide whether his life is any longer worth living or not. Euthanasia may be classified as active or positive euthanasia, passive or negative euthanasia, voluntary euthanasia, involuntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia. Euthanasia is legalized in the Netherlands, Colombia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Albania and Canada. In India, passive euthanasia is legalized but not active euthanasia. The question will always arise about the legality, conduct and sanctity of euthanasia especially in country like ours, where there are different views over the moral, ethical, and legal issues of euthanasia.

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Keywords

Euthanasia, Terminally ill, Passive Euthanasia, Indian, Perspective.

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