Euthanasia

Between life and death

Print edition : June 26, 2015

Caregivers of Aruna at her funeral in Mumbai. She became a symbol of courage and professionalism for a team of nurses. Photo: Rajanish Kakade/AP

Aruna Shanbaug. She died on May 18 in KEM Hospital in Mumbai, where she was strangled with a chain and sexually assaulted while at work 42 years ago. Photo: AFP

Aruna Shanbaug at KEM Hospital, a 1980 photograph. Her situation ignited the debate on passive euthanasia, which saw the Supreme Court pass a landmark judgment that agreed to legalise it. Photo: Mukesh Parpiani

The death of Aruna Shanbaug after 42 years in a comatose state brings into focus once again the issues of passive euthanasia, living wills, organ donation, and punishment for sexual assault.
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