November 19, 2012


Ravulapati Madhavi, The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, has published Merciless Thoughts on Mercy Killing: A Critique, at 2 The IUP Law Review 11 (July 2012). Here is the abstract. 

The nature is known for the coexistence of opposites — latent and patent. Ugliness is shrouded by beauty, cruelty shrouded by kindness, love concealing hatred and life concealing death. Life and death are two ends of a scale. It is unfair to consider life as a respectful end and death as a disrespectful one. Both are same. Probably because of this, in Greek language, the two components — EU and THANATONA — have given birth to euthanasia. The term appears to sound highly controversial, bitter and condemned by a major chunk of the human race throughout the globe. Passions rise high, emotions explode and acrimonious debates alarm the serenity of humanity when the word ‘mercy killing’ is uttered. Yes, the subject is controversial because it is interesting and intriguing too. Interesting as it envelops multiple facets of social, economic and moral and ethical life, and intriguing because of its subtle clash with religion and faith trends. There is an adage that “a thing ceases to be a thing of interest when it ceases to be a thing of controversy.” It is true for ‘mercy killing.
The full text is not available from SSRN.

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