Ethics and Legality of Euthanasia in Indian Context


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The judgment of Aruna Shanbaug case in the Supreme Court of India suggests that passive euthanasia can be considered legal, whereas active euthanasia may not be. In this paper, we try to explore why active euthanasia can also be considered legal. The paper takes the help of the judgment on Aruna Shanbaug’s case on euthanasia. Active euthanasia can be as much ethical as passive euthanasia. In this paper we try to address this issue by giving arguments for and against active euthanasia and conclude that arguments against active euthanasia can be refuted and subsequently one can think of accepting active euthanasia as well within the fold of legalized euthanasia
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