Thursday, March 3, 2011

Plea for allowing mercy killing

 2/3/2011 6:15:06 PM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on a plea for mercy killing of a Mumbai nurse on Wednesday. She has been living a vegetative existence in the hospital for the last 37 years after she was violently attacked by a hospital sweeper who also sexually abused her.

A bench of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra reserved the verdict after hearing detailed arguments by various parties on the question of allowing euthanasia for nurse Aruna Ramachandra Shanbaug, who slipped into coma after the brutal attack on her at Mumbai's King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Several counsel who made submissions on the controversial issue of permitting mercy killing includedAttorney General G E Vahanvati, amicus curiae T R Andhyarujina, Ballabh Sisodia for the hospital and Shekhar Naphade appearing for the petitioner and author Pinky Virani, who had sought permission for Aruna's mercy killing.


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