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December 17, 2004

Former chess champion K Venkatesh, who was terminally ill, died on December 17 after a futile wait for the courts to accept his plea for euthanasia so that he could donate his organs. His eyes were donated after his death but no other organ could be transplanted as the 25 year old had been on a ventilator for a long period.

Indian laws allow organ donation only if a person is declared brain dead.

Euthanasia is the act of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition.

Quoting Venkatesh's case, experts have said the severe paucity of organ donors is one reason why euthanasia should be legalised.

Venkatesh's mother intends to continue the legal battle to amend the Human Organ Transplant Act and legalise euthanasia.

Do you support her cause? Why/Why not? Tell us.

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Number of User Comments: 62

Sub: support for euthanasia

mercy and killing are two words that cannot have a common bond.but as we all know,every rule has an exception.for people who are terminally ill ...

Posted by tanusree

Sub: Mercy Killing

It should be legalised if a person is suffering from illness or he is not willing to lead the life totally upset mentally and if ...

Posted by Manoj

Sub: euthanesia

i'm completely against has nothing to do with 'mercy' atall. no one, including the best doctors around, as they themselves admit, can tell you ...

Posted by josekutty

Sub: mercy killing

mercy killing should be legalised in india but with certain conditions. it should be allowed only when we know that the person is going to ...

Posted by shruti

Sub: Euthanasia

I advocate the theory of mercy killing.However,abundant precaution should be taken to prevent its misuse.A medical board under the control of the government should be ...

Posted by Krsy Rusomji Pavri.



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