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Virani hails SC ruling on passive euthanasia

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Human rights Pinki Virani, who had sought mercy killing for Aruna Shanbaug, a who was in a for 42 years before dying in 2015, today hailed the judgment in favour of passive

"I am deeply grateful to the of for upholding the landmark judgment of March, 2011 on passive euthanasia," she told


The apex court today recognised the "living will" made by terminally-ill patients for passive A five-judge bench, headed by of (CJI) Dipak Misra, said passive and an advance living will were "permissible".

The bench also laid down guidelines as to who could execute the will and how the nod for passive could be granted by the medical board.

Virani had approached the in 2009 as the "next friend" of Shanbaug, who was in a after being assaulted and raped by a at the in Mumbai in 1973. Shanbaug, who became the face of the debate on in the country, died in May, 2015.

"This judgment is because of Aruna Shanbaug, who suffered for 42 years. We must thank her," Virani said.

"I had approached the in 2009 as the next friend of Shanbaug and the had passed a judgment on passive on March 8, 2011. In that judgment, it was mentioned that it would stand as the law until revoked or ratified by Parliament.

"This law has been valid since 2011 and the upheld it today, allowing the living will," she added.

Stating that active was not allowed in the country, Virani said, "Passive is allowed when a patient is in a (PVS) like

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 15:10 IST
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