- Petition filed in Delhi High Court to stop friend from going abroad
- Young people seeking euthanasia suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome since 2014
- ‘Now looking for alternatives to euthanasia… enough is enough’ the young man wrote such a message
Euthanasia case: A 49-year-old woman from Bengaluru has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court to stop her friend from going to Switzerland for euthanasia due to her terminal illness. The woman says that her friend wants to go abroad to get euthanasia because it is prohibited in India. In the petition, he has said that his 50-year-old friend is suffering from ‘myalgic encephalomyelitis’ and is planning to go to Switzerland to commit suicide. The woman wants the right to stop her friend from going to Switzerland.
According to the petition before the court, the woman’s friend has suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome since 2014. This is a disease where a person always feels tired. The woman has also told the court that her elderly parents and other family members will face a lot of hardship if her friend is not stopped from going to Switzerland.
Young man suffers from complex, debilitating and chronically debilitating illness
According to the petition, the Noida resident underwent a treatment method called Fecal Microbiota Transplantation at AIIMS for his condition. But due to unavailability of donor, his treatment could not continue during the corona pandemic. The petition states that his symptoms began in 2014 and his condition worsened over the past 8 years, forcing him to remain completely bedridden and unable to walk a few steps indoors. The woman has said in the petition that the young man is the only son of his parents and his age has also become so much that he needs support.
Records attached to the petition show that the woman has been in constant contact with the man and his family members regarding his health condition. The records presented to the court include a message allegedly sent by the person to the petitioner in which he wrote: ‘Now looking for alternatives to euthanasia… Enough is enough’.
What did the friend say to the High Court in the petition
The petition filed through advocate Subhash Chandran KR states that there is no financial compulsion to provide better treatment to respondent no.3 (petitioner’s friend) in India or abroad. But now he is firm on his decision to go for euthanasia. His decision has badly affected the lives of his elderly parents. The court is humbly requested that there is still hope of improvement in his condition.” The petitioner has requested that the Center be directed to set up a medical board to look into the health condition of his friend. and necessary medical attention should also be provided. to him.
What Indian law says about euthanasia
In India, both euthanasia and euthanasia are illegal acts, as attempted death, which takes place only after the execution of the will, is an offense of suicide under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Similarly, merciful death, though motivated by human emotion and to relieve the excruciating pain of the victim, is also considered an offense of culpable homicide under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
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