Euthanasia, Death With Dignity. Supreme Court With One Of The Historic Decisions

Date: 2018-03-14 17:58:11

By Raunak



"Jee li maine zindagi,
Ab jeene ko baaki kuch bacha hi nahi hai
Yeh saansein hain ki rukne ka naam hi nahi le rahin,
Toh tum hi maut ko gale lagane ki ijazat de do,
Jee li jitni jeeni thi maine zindagi..."

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Imagine when a person is so much in pain that he is forced to appeal to the court to grant him his death. Isn't it ironical how we come into this world, without our consent, wish or will? One fine day, we appear out of nowhere and are made to live this life. This life where once strangers, we make some people our family, others our friends and some, even our enemies. This life where we are happy, sad, accepted and at times also rejected for who we are. This beautiful life that we all cherish so much. But what happens when there is nothing left of it? What happens when we have already lived it to the fullest? What happens when we don't want to live anymore? We are forced to live. You may think it's so funny to be forced to live when the meaning of living itself is to be alive. But how can one be alive when he is already dead on the inside? It's not as funny now, is it?

There are so many people in this world, stuck in their decaying bodies without the trace of life left in them. Their bodies are dead and their spirits, dying. They can't manage to have a dignified life with a dignified end. You will say, why not commit suicide? But what if I tell you their bodies are not even capable of doing that? It is so difficult for us to stay inside water for 2 minutes without breathing, imagine being stuck in a body like that for the rest of your life. You cannot even move on your own if you so wish, leave apart the pain it brings along. Now what? A similar question has been raised by many people till this date. And now, we finally have an answer...

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EUTHANASIA. With strict guidelines and under extremely serious circumstances, the Indian Supreme Court has finally allowed passive euthanasia, the 'living will' to people. Euthanasia refers to the painless killing of a patient, who is either in a vegetative state or going through a non-reversible disease. The living will implies that any suffering individual can state in a record that they do not wish to get treated further and all medical attention is withdrawn from them. Euthanasia is a death by will, a death by choice. Unlike suicide that is a criminal offense by law, euthanasia is death by law, with permission of the court.

Tony Gaskins once said, "If you can't do anything about it then let it go. Don't be a prisoner to things you can't change." 9th March 2018, a day we should all celebrate, for SC finally accepted that the Right to life includes the right to die with dignity. As stated in the plea filed by the NGO Common Cause (the plea that led to this decision), "Keeping a patient alive by artificial means against his/her wishes is an assault on his/her body". Rightly said and accepted, this is another victory of our democracy. Everyone deserves a peaceful death, isn't it? Especially when you have had a hard life.

Kisi ne sahi kaha hai...
"Thodi si meethi hai
Zara si mirchi hai
Sau gram zindagi yeh
Sambhaal ke kharchi hai"


TAGS: euthanasia, india, supreme court, death with dignity


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