The debate on mercy killing is welcome
jaspreet kaur | 20 Apr 2011
All humane people would have been pleased and grateful at the idea that possibly the government is going to pass a bill legalizing mercy killing. But on the other hand we also have to note the pros and cons of such a drastic action.
THIS IS a controversial issue which has raised its head often. There are many religious and humanistic societies which protest against this mercy killing. Let us mull over the reasons for and against euthanasia in a level headed manner.
Euthanasia - It is the easiest way to end the life of an individual or an animal that is terminally ill or suffering from a chronically painful condition. The way to give him a dignified exit is through a painless or a minimally painful way.
That can be done by a drug overdose, a lethal injection, or the withdrawal of medical support. Euthanasia is killing of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. But unfortunately in practice it has begun to be the selective killing of those who are old or sick.
And this practice is being supported worldwide. Friends, Indians, countrymen, lend me thy ears. I come not to praise Euthanasia but to worry it! I’m giving you some definitions and then we can go through the implications of this supposed mercy killing.
Voluntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed requests to be killed. On the other hand, non voluntary euthanasia is when a person made no request and gave no consent. Involuntary euthanasia is when the person made an expressed wish that he did not want the benefit of mercy killing.