Euthanasia: Global Scenario and Its Status in India


The legal and moral validity of euthanasia has been questioned in different situations. In India, the status of euthanasia is no different. It was the Aruna Ramachandra Shanbaug case that got significant public attention and led the Supreme Court of India to initiate detailed deliberations on the long ignored issue of euthanasia. Realising the importance of this issue and considering the ongoing and pending litigation before the different courts in this regard, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India issued a public notice on May 2016 that invited opinions from the citizens and the concerned stakeholders on the proposed draft bill entitled The Medical Treatment of Terminally Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Bill. Globally, only a few countries have legislation with discreet and unambiguous guidelines on euthanasia. The ongoing developments have raised a hope of India getting a discreet law on euthanasia in the future.

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Shekhawat, R.S., Kanchan, T., Setia, P. et al. Euthanasia: Global Scenario and Its Status in India. Sci Eng Ethics 24, 349–360 (2018).

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  • Euthanasia
  • Aruna Shanbaug
  • Indian law
  • Physician-assisted suicide (PAS)