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Karibasamma sees hope in Supreme Court verdict

The first euthanasia petitioner in Karnataka, Karibasamma, 70, sees hope in Monday’s verdict of the Supreme Court, allowing what has come to be termed ‘passive euthanasia,’ the withdrawal of life support to patients in a permanently vegetative state (PVS).The verdict, however, rejected outright ‘active euthanasia’ or ending life through the administration of lethal substances, and turned down the plea to allow Aruna Shanbaug, who has been in a vegetative state for 37 years, to die. Karibasamma’s mercy killing case will come up for hearing this Friday in the Karnataka high court.

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