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Monday, Oct 18, 2021
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Death By Kindness

The UK is debating euthanasia laws; India should take a cue

Death By Kindness
Illustration by SORIT
Death By Kindness
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I talked about child abuse in my last column. I am sorry if I sound morbid this time too. Writing from London, I am witness to an absorbing debate here on the legality of
assisting somebody close to you to die if that person is terminally ill and believes he has reached the threshold of pain. Also, he is conscious and, in your opinion, sufficiently in his senses to ask you to help him depart with dignity. Finally, you have nothing to gain from the transaction, and you’ll actually grieve over the loss of a friend or relation if he takes the unfortunate step. Whoever puts his hand up in such circumstances, even without the expectation of a reward, is now punishable the world over, except in some civilised nations. In India, you could be locked up for abetting an offence punishable under Section 309 of the IPC. Can there be anything more indefensible in the whole realm of criminal justice? Yet it remains on the statute book; the UK has a whole Suicide Act, 1961, without anyone ever having mounted a serious assault on its logic and...

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