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Public Debate EoLC @ TISS on July 16, 2016

Forum for Medical Ethics Society Public Debate

Healing and dying with dignity: Debating end-of-life care

A lot of public debate on euthanasia was parked off by the 42-year-long struggle of the nurse Aruna Shanbaug, who was in a persistent vegetative state after being brutally assaulted at her work place. The issue is complex due to the wide ranging opinions and the socioeconomic, religious & spiritual dimensions of the matter at hand. With the extremely inequitable distribution of health care facilities across the country, and with no assured access to palliative care a large number of patients and their families are left in tremendous distress in such situations. On the other hand there is an ongoing public campaign to promote organ donation after brain death. The Govt of India has recently out out a draft bill on passive euthanasia seeking comments from the public. In its current form the bill is simplistic & is silent on many critical areas. Therefore, there is an urgency of conversation both in academia and in the public domain from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Please join the debate


Dr Shamim Modi, Chair, Centre for Law and Society, TISS, Mumbai; and Dr Sunita Bandewar, FMES-IJME


DR. ROOP GURSAHANI, Neurologist, P.D.Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai
PROF SIBY K GEORGE, Dept of HUmanities & Social Sciences, IIT, Powai, Mumbai
FR STEOHEN FERNANDES, Exe Director, FIAMC Bio-medical Ethics Centre, Mumbai
Lawyer VEENA JOHARI, Courtyard Attorneys, Mumbai


Venue: Library Conference hall, 6th Floor,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Main Campus
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 10:30am to 2pm

Organised by: Centre for Law and Society, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Conference Organisers, the Sixth National Bioethics Conference (Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Mumbai; Indian Journal of Medical Ethics; MASUM, Pune); Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT), Mumbai; Anusandhan Trust, Mumbai
Contacts: Mr Santosh:09870167370; Mr Sachin: 09594840793;
Email:[email protected]; [email protected]

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July 16, 2016




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