The government has so far opposed euthanasia in all forms. Indicating a shift in the government’s stand, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said he has directed top ministry officials to analyse the court judgment and prepare a report on whether a new law is required. Moily said the Centre will soon put a draft proposal on the subject in public domain to invite views from different sections of the society. “A national debate is required on such a sensitive and emotional issue”.
The Supreme Court has made it clear that in the absence of any legislation on passive euthanasia, its judgment would be the law until the Parliament legislates on the matter.