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Report No. 210

Reduction of suffering - Right to live would, however, mean right to live with human dignity up to the end of natural life. Thus, right to live would include right to die with dignity at the end of life and it should not be equated with right to die an unnatural death curtailing natural span of life.

Hence, a dying man who is terminally ill or in a persistent vegetative state can be permitted to terminate it by premature extinction of his life. In fact, these are not cases of extinguishing life but only of accelerating process of natural death which has already commenced. In such cases, causing of death would result in end of his suffering.

But even such change, though desirable, is considered to be the function of the legislature which may enact a suitable law providing adequate safeguards to prevent any possible abuse."



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