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09 March 2018

Firstpost reported:

Supreme Court legalises passive euthanasia: Dignity in death is a facet of Right to Live, rules five-judge bench

In a landmark ruling, Supreme Court recognised the right to die with dignity and l

16 February 2016

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the government to consider the matter of passive euthanasia and made it clear that pendency in the apex court should not come in the way of authorities to take a decision on the matter.

15 January 2016

History was made today, with three Constitution benches sitting at the same time in the Supreme Court at 2 pm.

25 February 2014

dothufqrA Supreme Court’s five-judge constitutional bench will examine the issue of legalising active euthanasia or mercy killing in India in the public interest litigation brought by the NGO Common Cause. The bench will also reopen the 2011 verdict in Aruna Shaunbag which had legalised passive euthanasia in India but rejected the plea for active euthanasia

08 March 2011

The Supreme Court today rejected activist Pinky Virani’s mercy-killing petition for comatose former nurse Aruna Ramachandra Shanbaug with the case not qualifying for “passive euthanasia” which the court accepted “in principle”.

11 August 2010
A pensioner who said she was "tired" of her life and "suffering from intense pain" has requested Karnataka High Court that she be allowed to end her life, according to newspaper reports today.
18 December 2009

off-switch_by_Spoon-MonkeyAruna Ramachandra Shanbaug's right to live with dignity by not force feeding her comatose body of 36 years has yet again brought into sharp focus the legality and morality of euthanasia after the apex court admitted a plea on merits yesterday (18 December).

Yesterday's Times of India front-page report on the plight of 61-year old Shanbaug had sent droves of readers commenting on the story online.

Shanbaug was a nurse at King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital and has been lying in a vegetative state on the bed of the same hospital since 1973 after suffering a brutal sexual assault by a ward boy.

Activist and author Pinki Virani had moved the petition as Shanbaug's "next friend" and urged the court to direct hospital authorities to stop feeding her paralysed body.

Despite viewing it akin to mercy killing, the Supreme Court of India has now relented in favour of the argument presented by the petitioners counsel Shekhar Naphade who said: "Is not keeping the woman in this persistent vegetative state by force feeding violative of her right to live with dignity guaranteed by Article 21 (Right to life) of the Constitution?"

Naphade also highlighted her inhumane and torturous existence in the KEM Hospital and requested the authorities and court to step in and lay guidelines, as her condition is pronounced beyond cure by the doctors.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court bench consisting of Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan, Justices A K Ganguly and B S Chauhan has agreed to examine the issue by seeking response from the center and state Governments, the dean of KEM hospital and the Commissioner of Mumbai Police.

The Supreme Court until now maintains a pro-life stance and had earlier declined pleas of termination of pregnancy of a mentally disabled girl resulting from a rape at a Nari Niketan in Chandigarh as well as a similar plea of a Mumbai couple for termination of a diseased foetus, reported the Times of India.