Domestic harassment by wives is not something that is suddenly emerging. But yes, the same has been getting media coverage and some men are revolting and speaking up against the unbearable pain.
As per latest report from Rajasthan, a man who is suffering from cancer has submitted a representation to Chomu sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), requesting permission for euthanasia (ending life to relieve pain and suffering). The letter has also been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
According to the allegations, the man who is already undergoing physical agony due to the dreaded cancer, has complained of him and his family members being mentally tortured by wife.
Chomu SDM told media,
I received a representation from a man, Vishnu Sharma, saying he was being mentally tortured by his wife Anju Sharma, and was very upset. He said he is a cancer patient and was being forced by his wife to stay in a rented house as he has been forced out of his house. I have forwarded the represent to Chomu SHO.
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The man has also alleged that police has taken no action whatsoever against the woman, despite repeated complaints lodged by his family. He has also mentioned that his family was being threatened.
What Is Euthanasia?
Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing, is an act or practice of painlessly putting to death persons suffering from painful and incurable disease or incapacitating physical disorder or allowing them to die by withholding treatment or withdrawing artificial life-support measures.
What Does Indian Law Say?
As per an Indian Express report in 2018, the Supreme Court passed an order allowing passive euthanasia in the country. The apex court, recognising “living will” made by terminally-ill patients who are likely to go into a permanent vegetative state, laid down guidelines for the same, including who would execute the will and how nod for passive euthanasia would be granted by the medical board. A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said that the guidelines will be in force till legislation on the same is passed by Parliament.
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The five judges had written four separate judgments expressing their views, but concurred on allowing passive euthanasia and advance directives. The bench also comprised justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. The CJI’s judgment said the heart of the matter is whether law permits the acceleration of death without suffering.
Passive euthanasia, defined by the SC in Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug vs Union Of India & Ors (March 7, 2011), entails withholding of medical treatment for continuance of life, e.g. withholding of antibiotics where without giving it a patient is likely to die.
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