Euthanasia: India’s major religious points of views

Navin Kumar Koodamara, Nandan Prabhu, Babu Thomas, Noor Afza

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The term euthanasia has taken world-wide discussion which assumes various dimensions of acceptance and rejection. The modern advance medical technology raises moral issues of sustaining life and withdrawing life support or taking life which brought attention of religious thinkers or philosophers. The purpose of this article is to describe India`s major religious standing on end of life decisions. That is to consider Hindu`s, Christians and Islamic religious views on euthanasia and how these religions addresses the issue. The review on religious views on euthanasia is based on literature research. The study observes that Muslims are against to assisted dying on the ground that life is sacred and once can live longer period where god wishes. Further, Christians believe that no one can permit the killing of innocent person if it does it is the violation of divine law. According to Hinduism there are two views on euthanasia. That is one who put an end to the life is fulfilling moral obligations and other view is that who perform euthanasia will invite rest of patients Karma. It can be observed from the above religious belief that in all these religions it is god who created this life and only he can take a life of human being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)962-965
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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