March 17, 2018
2 years

Please rectify my doubts IAS Parliament:

1. Living Will now accepted means Right to die with dignity is fundamental right under right to life? True?

2. Can "Anybody" prepare a living will? or only Terminally ill patients?



2 years

IAS Parliament

Yes, Supreme Court held that the right to die with dignity is a component of the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. 

Living Will is an advance directive. So as the idea goes any person (an adult with a sound and healthy mind) can make the directive in advance expressing the consent to 'end-of-life care' if and when he/she ends up in a health condition of not being able to express the decision then. Practically speaking, old people and those who are diagnosed with terminal illness, make Living Wills.