On Euthanasia, Former CJI Dipak Misra Says Person in Persistent Vegetative State Should Not be Made Experimental Object

On Euthanasia, Former CJI Dipak Misra Says Person in Persistent Vegetative State Should Not be Made Experimental Object© news18.com

On Euthanasia, Former CJI Dipak Misra Says Person in Persistent Vegetative State Should Not be Made Experimental Object

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Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra on Monday said a terminally ill patient or a person in persistent vegetative state should not be made an "experimental object". He further said that one must respect a terminally ill person's dignity.

Misra was speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak in New Delhi.

"Let us not make him [patient in persistent vegetative state] an experimental object. Let us respect his dignity and let us respect him humanity," he said, addressing the gathering.

On March 9, a five judge bench headed by the then chief justice of India, Dipak Misra, had recognised that a terminally ill patient or a person in persistent vegetative state can execute an "advance medical directive" or a "living will" to refuse medical treatment.