A couple has moved a court in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor seeking permission for the mercy killing of their one-year-old daughter.
They said that they’re unable to afford medical expenses for the treatment of her congenital ailment. They said they have already spent Rs 12 lakh on her treatment at various hospitals in Madanpalli and Bengaluru, but her condition did not improve.
Speaking to a local media, Bawajan said, “I am a daily wage laborer and I get Rs 300 for a day’s work. Mostly, I get this work only for four months in a year. My situation is such that I have left with no other choice.”
In mercy killing, also called passive euthanasia, medical support of a terminally ill patient has withdrawn with deliberate intention to hasten the death.
Stating that they sold their property and jewelry for their daughter’s treatment, the couple said they were no longer in a position to bear the expenses and hence mercy killing should be permitted. The family lives in V Kottakota Mandal in Chittoor district.