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Passive euthanasia in India: a critique

Rohini Shukla

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2016.008


Given its preoccupation with the doctor’s agency in administering euthanasia, the legal discourse on euthanasia in India has neglected the moral relevance of the patient’s suffering in determining the legitimate types of euthanasia. In this paper, I begin by explicating the condition for the possibility of euthanasia in terms of the following moral principle: the doctor ought to give priority to the patient’s suffering over the patient’s life. I argue that the form of passive euthanasia legally permissible in India is inconsistent with this moral principle, owing to the consequences it entails for the patient.

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