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Indian religious leaders against euthanasia

After the Supreme Court rejected a plea to allow active euthanasia for Aruna Shanbaug, religious leaders urged the state to protect life under any and all circumstances. Aruna Shanbaug, a victim of sexual assault has spent 37 years in a Mumbai hospital bed in coma.

The court has set out guidelines for passive euthanasia under such circumstances. John Dayal, secretary general of All-India Christian Council said that no one is entitled to pull the plug on a patient on a life support system.

AK Madrasi vice-rector of Darul Uloom said that in Islam life is the sole peoperty of the Almighty. Shankaracharya Swami Adhokshjhanand Devtirath, chief of Govardhan Mutt said that euthanasia is against the norm of Hinduism. Law minister M. Veerappa Moily in an interview said, “We need to examine the matter thoroughly... my law officers are going through the judgment to see whether a new legislation on passive euthanasia is required.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 19

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