Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article

Home > News > PTI

What is the right of dying person: SC

May 11, 2005 13:36 IST

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Centre on a petition seeking the right of a dying person to refuse life-support system to prolong his life.

The court asked the Centre whether the issue has been, or is being, examined by them.

The notices were issued on a public interest litigation filed by a non-governmental organization, Common Cause, which sought the right that bordered on euthanasia.

It also requested the court to appoint a committee comprising eminent doctors and social scientists to study the issue and evolve a guideline in this regard.

The court was earlier reluctant to entertain the petition, saying it is a matter directly within the legislative domain of the government.

The court had noted that it was for the government to decide what kind of right to dignified death was possible in case of a person suffering from terminal diseases.

© Copyright 2006 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
Share your comments


Copyright 2006 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.