A French doctor whose emotionally charged trial over the deaths of seven terminally-ill patients gripped a country where euthanasia is illegal was acquitted Wednesday to thunderous applause in the courtroom.
Asha Devi is aware of the cruel irony. "Mothers seek long lives for their children, but here I am seeking death for my two sons," she says, slumped beside Nitin, 15, and Anshu, 13, who suffer from muscular dystrophy.
The Supreme Court on Friday sought
the personal presence of a 3-member team of doctors from
Mumbai to assist it on the vexed question of permitting
mercy killing of a rape victim virtually brain
dead for the last 36 years.
A veteran British TV reporter claimed on the air Tuesday that he had used a pillow years ago to smother a lover who was dying of AIDS, adding a startling contribution to the country`s debate on mercy killing.
While parents routinely pray for their children`s long life and prosperity, a couple in Uttar Pradesh has written to President Pratibha Patil pleading for the mercy killing of their four physically-challenged sons.