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Monday, August 17, 2009

Should Euthanasia - Right to Dignified Death be promoted

Dear Friends ,Few days back I got this email which addressess the issue of Right to Dignified Death.

In Wikipedia Euthanasia is mentioned as:
Euthanasia (from the Greek ευθανασία meaning "good death": ευ-, eu- (well or good) + θάνατος, thanatos (death)) refers to the practice of ending a life in a painless manner. Many different forms of euthanasia can be distinguished, including animal euthanasia and human euthanasia, and within the latter, voluntary and involuntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide have been the focus of great controversy in recent years.

Below is the mail send by Mr.S.N.Marathe,I would request the readers to give their views.What are laws in your country?

Dear Shri Shaileshji

A few days back I read in Economic Times a small article by Vithal Nadkarni about one senior scientist aged 86 from U.K. who became physically handicap and whose wife aged 84 had a terminal cancer had their painless death at Zurich under the Swiss Laws in the presence of their relatives. I read with dismay two senior citizens aged 84 and 86 both from Peddar Road committed suicide by jumping from their high rise residence. To my knowledge we in India have no laws which permit death as one wishes called Ichhyamaran . I feel that as one has a right to live, he/she should have a right to dignified death also.Senior citizens who feel that they have played their innings,not keeping good health and may become burden to their families or who do not have any families to depend upon should be allowed a dignified i.e.painless death.Like in Zurich, we in India also should have such a law.The person who chooses to die like this can also donate his organs to the needy and may serve a social cause.As number of sinior citizens in our country is increasing fast many senior citizen would face this problem.As a nation we should find a solution for this.

The foregoing is for your kind consideration and for wider circulation and discussion in the Silver Innings and elsewhere also.

Thanking you,

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

Chunabhatti, Sion, Mumbai -22,India
Ph.022- 24052251
Email: marathek@bom3.vsnl.net.in


Anonymous said...

Strong supporter of this idea...

Venkat Krishnan N
- Give India

Subrahmanian said...

With the progressive death of joint families and 'Homes for the aged' constantly proliferating and yet insufficient, we must move in this direction fast.
My only anxiety is "Who to decide?"
We would certainly be facing the heirs bringing in cases to hospitals with letters from the parent(s) not necessarily terminally ill!--
Subrahmanian S H

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