The ethical and legal justification for different methods of assisted dying is an on-going topic of debate all over the world. The last Western country to make a movement towards a more permissive direction was Germany, overturning a ban on assisted suicide, on 26, February 2020.
In a landmark decision on passive euthanasia, the Indian Supreme Court confirmed the right to die with dignity on 9, March 2018. While the court’s decision deals with practical legal matters of a “living will” and “rights to remove life support of a terminal ill person,” the language used in the lengthy decision is remarkable:
“When the sanctity of life is destroyed, should we not allow them to cross the door and meet death with dignity? For some, even their death could be a moment of celebration,” said the group of five judges including Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
Osho’s opinion on the issue:
“Euthanasia, or the freedom to choose your death, should be accepted as a birthright of every human being….
“They want to die. They shout that they want to die, but the doctor cannot help in that. These people certainly need some rights; they are being forced to live, and force is in every way undemocratic….
“I am all for euthanasia, but with these conditions.”
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Osho, Socrates Poisoned Again after 25 Centuries, Talk #1 – I Belong to the Whole World