Deal the Issue of Mercy Killing With Sensitivity

.

Keir Starmer

The latest guidelines released by Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) have once again stirred the debate on mercy killing. It aims to draw lines between those who help loved ones kill themselves and those who end a life for some selfish motive.

I feel, the concept of mercy killing depends on case to case for each case is unique and has to be considered on its own facts and merits. It is a complex and emotional issue and should be dealt with sensitivity.

People who are relatively sick or who suffer from incurable diseases should be freed from the ordeal.

It is imperative to understand that the victims are in so much pain that they choose death over life. I think that is enough reason to help them kill themselves rather than forcing them to live a life accompanied with intolerable suffering. For instance, if a person suffering from multiple sclerosis in last stage and wants to put an end to his life, he should be allowed to do so.

If the victim expresses a desire to commit suicide, it is better to give him a heavy dose of some drug to eliminate physical anguish.

In addition, the person assisting in suicide should not be prosecuted or imprisoned. He has helped the person committing a suicide out of compassion and because he could not bear to see the victim in pain.

But there are greedy relatives who might persuade or pressurize the victim just to get rid of him and acquire his property or other useful assets. In such a case, it would definitely lead to a prosecution.

I hope the new guidelines will support close relatives and friends who assist in suicide and not convict them on charges of murder.


Latest News

Springdale, the Small Utah town Finally Repeals Chain Restaurant Ban After a Dec
Oshkosh Corporation Won a $30billion Contract for Replacing Humvee Units of the
Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Fischer Hints Inflation is Likely to Rebound Permi
Trib Total Media Plans to Sell Nine Newspapers including Four Daily and Five Wee
Twitter Plans to Employ More Women Next Year to Diversify Its Workforce
OPEC Oil Producers Prepared to Endure Lower Oil Prices But will Continue their P
Stanley Fischer Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Says No Decision Has Been Taken fo
Biggest Daily Climb Noted in the Oil Markets in Past Six Years
According to Sources Marchionne to Take over as Both CEO and Chairman of Ferrari
Consumer Spending and Inflation Drops in Japan Adding Pressure on Policymakers
Patterson Companies, Inc reports $29.7 million First Quarter Profit
Gap Announced by Beginning of Next year It will Phase Out On-Call Scheduling