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Should Euthanasia be legalised?
The country seems to be amidst a debate on euthanasia as a right to die with dignity for terminally sick. Mercy killing, as euthanasia is commonly known in India, is a long standing debate on whether to legalize it or not.

If one goes by the arguments in the social media, there is general feeling among urban populace that euthanasia should be legalized in India to relieve the terminally sick patient suffering from incurable disease and his or her family from unbearable pain and misery. "It is solution for those who has no chance of recovery from an incurable disease and who are on life support system to die with dignity. It is better to die in a moment than dying every moment," argues Gajendra Singh Rathore on an on-line debate on euthanasia.

Generally, euthanasia pertains to conscious and intentional ending of a life in order to relieve intractable suffering and pain through medical intervention. Those, who advocate euthanasia to end intractable suffering, argue that individual have a right to self-determination or autonomy regarding life and euthanasia is a better choice than continue to suffer a terminal illness. Moreover, in the countries where euthanasia has been legalized, it has created no problems and hassles.

In the countries where euthanasia is legalized, physician would act directly by giving a lethal injection, to end the patient's life who has requested so for a relief for intractable suffering. It is held that the lethal injection is a pain medication in order to relieve suffering along with hastening of death.

The pro-assisted dying activists advocate that if a patient has an incurable and painful disease, instead of making him or her to vegetate through life support system, he or she should be assisted to end life. In common parlance euthanasia is also called mercy killing or medically assisted dying.

On the other hand, those who are against euthanasia argue for the sanctity of life and morality. They believe that euthanasia is a criminal homicide despite the request made by the patient who is intractably suffering. It is seen as a physician-assisted suicide and a criminal act.

According to a good majority of my neighbourhood friends, when a patient suffers from an unalterable prolonged illness, it is both an acute suffering both for the patient and the kin at the emotional and economical levels. They feel that that legalizing euthanasia is required in India with due considerations for medical ethics and pre-condition of expressed desire of terminally sick person.

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