Indian Supreme Court Dession big news allows ‘living will’ with strict guidlines

An NGO had moved the Top court seeking right to make a living will authorising withdrawal of life support system in the event of will makers reaching irreversible vegetative state.

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Friday recognized ‘living will’ which allows a person to opt for passive euthanasia in the event of irrevesible serious illness.

Announcing its decisions, the constitution bench of chief justice Dipak Misra, justice A.K Sikri, justice A.M Khanwilker, Justice D.Y Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan said that its guidlines and directives will remain in force till a legislation is brought to deal with the issue.

The top court said that ‘living will’ be permitted but with the permission from family members of the person who sought passive euthanasia and also a team of expert doctors how say that the person’s revival is practically impossible.

Earlier, the bench had reserved the order on October 11, 2017

An NGO had common cause had moved the top court way back in 2005 seeking right to make a living will authorizing withdrawal of life support system in the event of will makers reaching irreversible vegetative state.

The Center had also told the Constitution Bench that a draft bill permitting passive euthanasia with necessary safeguard was already before it for consideration.

However the center has opposed permitting a living will both on the grounds of “principle and practicality” as it expressed apprehension of its possible misuse.

Besides, NGO common Cause, the consitution bench was addressed by a number of interveners who had supported permitting the living willity.

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