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SC permits ‘living will’ of terminally ill persons

The Supreme Court today said a person has the right to die with dignity and can make an advance living will authorising the withdrawal of life support system if in medical view he has reached an irreversible stage of terminal illness.

While allowing a person to make the advance directive or living will, a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, attached strict conditions for executing the will made by a person in his normal state of health and mind.

In the living will, a person can state in advance that his or her life should not be prolonged with a ventilator or artificial support system.

The bench also including judges A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.

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