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Finally, why is the family seeking death for their 30-year-old son?

Nita Yadav

By Nita Yadav

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Ashok Rana has demanded euthanasia for his son. (Photo-TOI)

To parents their children are everything, they fight the whole world if their children get itchy, but imagine the compulsion a parent must feel for their 30 year old son. How painful it must be for parents to demand death for a son whom they nurtured from childhood and whom they considered their support in old age. In fact, this is the story of a Delhi family, 62-year-old Ashok Rana seeking euthanasia for their 30-year-old young son. Behind this painful decision of the family is 11 years of struggle. It is a curse for any parent to see their son lying lifeless in front of them every day. But now Ashok Rana and his wife’s courage is also failing, they are no longer able to bear the pain of their son, so they have sought passive euthanasia for their son in the Delhi High Court.

11 years of endless struggle

Life was going well for Ashok Rana and his family before the accident in 2013. His son Harish was studying B.Tech from Chandigarh University in Mohali. Harish had thousands of dreams for his future life, he had many dreams in his heart. Harish thought that after B.Tech he would support his parents, but one day in the year 2013 all his dreams were shattered, an accident changed the life of Harish and his entire family. Harish fell from the fourth floor of his PG, in the accident he sustained a severe head injury which has kept him bedridden for the past 11 years. Harish is being fed liquid through a tube and is 100 percent disabled.

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More money spent on treatment than earned

His father Ashok looks very sad when talking about Harish, the 11-year-old’s pain is evident in his words. Speaking to Times of India, Ashok Rana said that when Harish got injured, he was treated at PGI Chandigarh, AIIMS Delhi, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Lok Kalyan and Fortis but there was no improvement in Harish’s condition. Initially, for about a year, she paid Rs. 27k/month hired a nurse at home, even when her own salary was Rs. 28 thousand/month was. In addition to the nurse’s expenses, Rs 14,000 had to be paid for physiotherapy, which was very difficult for Ashok Rana and his family for a long time. Eventually, due to financial constraints, she decided to take care of Harish at home.

Ancestral house sold due to treatment

Father Ashok Rana did everything a father should do to treat Harish. He also sold his 3-storey house located in South-West Delhi. His family lived in this house since 1988, he had many memories associated with this house but also agreed to make this sacrifice for his son’s treatment. Speaking to Times of India, Ashok Rana says that there was no ambulance facility at his home and Harish’s condition was such that an ambulance could be needed at any time, so he decided to sell the house so that he could afford his son’s treatment. There should be no obstruction.

Why did you ask for a death wish for your son?

Ashok Rana is now 62 years old, his wife Nirmala Devi is also 55 years old. In such a situation, it is becoming difficult for them to take care of Harish due to his increasing age. Ashok Rana is now retired, his pension is only 3 thousand rupees. Younger son Ashish is now employed in a private company and is able to support his household expenses. In such a situation it is very difficult for them to bear the cost of Harish’s treatment. Not only this, even after 11 years of treatment and spending lakhs of rupees, there is no improvement in Harish’s condition, so the family wants Harish to have a dignified death if not life.

Why did the High Court reject the application?

The Delhi High Court, while hearing Ashok Rana’s application, has refused to hand over the case to the Medical Board. Justice Subramaniam Prasad said that Harish is not on any life support machine, he is living without any additional outside help. He said that “the court sympathizes with the parents, but the petitioner is not seriously ill, so this court cannot interfere.” Justice Prasad said that the patient’s plea appears to demand active euthanasia, i.e. active euthanasia and not passive euthanasia, which is not legally acceptable in India.

What are the rules for euthanasia in India?

Passive euthanasia was legalized in India in 2018. The Supreme Court allowed euthanasia on 9 March 2018. At that time, the court said that under Article 21 of the Constitution, like the right to live, a person also has the right to die with dignity. The Supreme Court allowed passive euthanasia. In this, the treatment of the sick person is stopped, so that he may die. Euthanasia in India is only for a person who is suffering from a serious illness that cannot be treated and is suffering a lot to stay alive.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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