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Euthanasia and beyond: on the Supreme Court's verdict

A view of the Supreme Court of India.   | Photo Credit: S. Subramanium

In a historic decision, the Supreme Court on Friday declared passive euthanasia and the right of persons, including the terminally ill, to give advance directives to refuse medical treatment permissible.

A Constitution Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, in three concurring opinions, upheld that the fundamental right to life and dignity includes right to refuse treatment and die with dignity.

The fundamental right to a "meaningful existence" includes a person's choice to die without suffering, it held.

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