Passive Euthanasia Permissible: Supreme Court
Human beings have the right to die with dignity, said the Supreme Court in a landmark verdict after allowing passive euthanasia with guidelines.

The apex court said it has laid down guidelines on who would execute the will and how nod for passive euthanasia would be granted by the medical board.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition seeking recognition of 'living will' made by terminally-ill patients for passive euthanasia.

Living will is a written document that allows a patient to give explicit instructions in advance about the medical treatment to be administered when he or she is terminally ill or no longer able to express informed consent.

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.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had on October 11 last year reserved its verdict on the plea.

The bench was hearing the PIL filed in 2005 by the NGO, which said when a medical expert is of the opinion that a person afflicted with a terminal disease has reached a point of no return, he should be given the right to refuse life support.

Earlier in June 2016, PlexusMD had published a report consolidating doctors' feedback and recommendations on Euthanasia Bill and shared it to the MOHFW. Read more about this here (

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Dr. RJ Y●●●v and 64 others like this39 shares
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k●●●l p●●●l General Medicine
Very sensible decision
Mar 11, 2018Like1
Dr. H●●●●h D●●●i
Dr. H●●●●h D●●●i Obstetrics and Gynaecology
A landmark judgement. We all know death is inevitable. For terminally ill patient it becomes miserable by pulling on with life support system. In some way this was practised but now there is legal stamp on it.
Mar 11, 2018Like9
Dr. J●i B●●●●i
Dr. J●i B●●●●i Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Yes , This is right judgement.
Mar 17, 2018Like