February 28, 2019

There comes a point when the treatment becomes more burdensome than the disease itself. At that point, all the medicines and technology in the world will be ineffective in prolonging life and will only result in prolonging the dying process.

Displaying a rare unanimity of thought to weave a common constitutional principle, CJI Misra led his colleagues on the bench to harmonise the inevitable yet opposite facets — life and death — and say in unison that "right to die with dignity is an intrinsic facet of right to life guaranteed under Article 21".

With this ruling, the SC has recognised that an individual with terminal illness or in a state of irreversible vegetative condition has the agency to de...

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