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Woman Seeks Mercy Killing
New Delhi (ucanindia): A woman in Tamil Nadu has sought euthanasia for her 14-year-old daughter, who is suffering from cerebral palsy.
The woman stated that her daughter cannot walk, speak or recognize anyone and she was attending to her every need for the last 14 years.
Submitting her petition to the Erode district collector V.K. Shanmugam during the grievances redress meeting, she said that they were not very financially strong and have another daughter to look after.
She said that she could not get her differently-abled daughter admitted to special schools and hence the mercy petition.
However, Shanmugam assured the woman that steps would be taken to admit the girl to a home for differently-abled persons.
Medical authorities said the girl was suffering from a type of cerebral palsy, a congenital disorder that occurs due to various reasons and that it was very difficult to cure such patients.
This in not the first time a petition for mercy killing has been filed in the country. Indian laws, however, do not permit mercy killings.
Earlier in May, an HIV positive convict pleaded for mercy killing.
In the same month, a father sought mercy killing for her terminally ill daughter.
The Supreme Court had in March last year dismissed the mercy killing petition for Aruna Shaunbag, who is lying in a vegetative state in Mumbai‘s King Edward Medical College and Hospital (KEM) for the last more than three decades.
Shaunbag, who was a nurse with the hospital, was left brain dead after a sexual attack by a ward boy in November 1973.
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