The term Euthanasia is gotten from the Greek word euthanatos which implies simple death. Killing is the act of purposefully finishing an actual existence to mitigate agony and languishing. Specialists now and again perform willful extermination when it’s mentioned by individuals who have a terminal disease and are in a ton of agony. It’s an intricate procedure and includes weighing numerous components. Laws, somebody’s physical and psychological well-being, and their own conviction and wishes all assume a job.

An individual who experiences willful extermination for the most part has a hopeless condition. In any case, there are different occasions where a few people need their life to be finished. Much of the time, it is done at the individual’s solicitation yet there are times when they might be excessively sick and the choice is made by family members, surgeons, or, in certain cases, the courts.


The opinion that killing is ethically reasonable is recognizable to Socrates, Plato, and the Stoics. It is dismissed motel customary Christian conviction, mostly in light of the fact that it is thought of homicide of Ten Commandments. The composed development for the legalization of killing started in England in 1935 when C.Killick Millard established the Voluntary Euthanasia Legalization Society. The society’s bill was vanquished in the House of Lords in 1936, similar to a movement on a similar subject I 1950. In the USA the killing Society of America was established in 1938.


ACTIVE- When most people think of euthanasia, they think of a doctor directly ending someone’s life. This is known as active euthanasia. It is when death is happened by a demonstration – for instance when an individual is killed by being given an overdose of painkillers.

PASSIVE: In passive euthanasia, death is realized by exclusion – i.e. when somebody allows the individual to die. Generally, passive euthanasia is thought of as less terrible than active euthanasia. This can be by pulling back or retaining treatment

Withdrawing treatment: for example, switching off a machine that is keeping a person alive so that they die of their disease.

Withholding treatment: for example, not carrying out surgery that will extend life for a short time.

INDIRECT- This implies giving treatment (generally to diminish torment) that has the symptom of speeding the patient’s death. Since the essential goal isn’t to execute, this is seen by certain individuals (yet not all) as ethically worthy.  A justification along these lines is formally called the doctrine.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE- This normally alludes to situations where the individual who is going to pass on needs assistance to die and requests it. It might be something as straightforward as getting drugs for the individual and putting those medications inside their compass.


Since March 2018, passive euthanasia is lawful in India under exacting rules. Patients must assent through a living will and should be either at death’s door or in a vegetative state. On 9 March 2018, the Supreme Court of India legitimized passive euthanasia by methods for the withdrawal of life backing to patients in a perpetual vegetative state. The choice was made as a piece of the decision for a situation including Aruna Shanbaug, who had been in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS) until she died in 2015.

Aruna Shanbaug case:

Aruna shanbaug was a nurse working at a hospital. On 27 Nov 1973, she was strangled and sodomized by Sohanlal Walmiki, a sweeper. During the attack, she was strangled with a chain, and the deprivation of oxygen has left her in a vegetative state ever since. She has been treated at the same hospital where she used to work since the incident and is kept alive by feeding tube. On behalf of Aruna her friend Pinki Virani, a social activist, filed a petition in the Supreme Court arguing that the “continued existence of Aruna is in violation of her right to live with dignity”.

The Supreme Court made its decision on 7 Mar 2011. The court rejected the plea to discontinue Aruna’s life support but issued a set of broad guidelines legalizing passive euthanasia in India. They rejected the plea because the staff that takes care of her did not support euthanizing her. Later she died from pneumonia on 18 May 2015.


The major question nowadays is whether euthanasia should be legalized or not. People have given their various opinions on this. Some people are of the view that it should be legalized whereas some are against it. People who are suffering from unbearable pain heed for death as they want to die in dignity rather than in suffering. Nobody can imagine the pain that they are into and hence if they demand for death to get relieved from pain that is justifiable but on the other hand, if it is possible that if made legal, Euthanasia can be misused in wrong and disruptive senses by many people.

Only if there are strict laws governing the subject of its applicability, then it would be controlled and safely implemented for those who need it. It may also be considered as a will of a patient to plead to die looking into the prospect that there is nothing to live in his/her life than to die and get peace forever.

In some way or another, we can come to both conclusions as different people from different religions think differently on the issue. Some say it should be legalized rest say it’s a crime but the basic thing lies in the fact that life is not such an easy game to finish just like that and hence the concerned authorities’ people and everyone should just think upon it seriously. The other way out is that patients who suffer can’t describe the pain in words and hence they demand peace by death. People must come to a common conclusion that can set the myth apart and bring down some real solutions to this.


In spite of the fact that the world has seen incredible advances in the clinical field, much uncertainty despite everything encompasses the issue of euthanasia and doctor helped suicide, with progressively ideal perspectives among doctors the world over. The mentalities of doctors towards euthanasia are differing, and accordingly, the Ministry of Health ought to give rules to doctors managing circumstances where patients or their families demand euthanasia.

Author: Sanidhya Pateriya,
School of Law, Jagran Lakecity University/ 1st year

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