Published on: August 29, 2016

Life with dignity to the end

In June 2016, the Government of India uploaded on its website a proposal for a draft law for “Protection of Terminally ill Patients and Medical Practitioners”.

The way it was drafted, it threatens to violate one’s autonomy and to worsen suffering towards the end of one’s life. Pallium India participated in two very successful public awareness programs on the subject, one in Delhi and one in Mumbai. Dr Nandini Vallath represented Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences on both occasions.

On 26th of August 2016, 2 days after Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ death anniversary, we conducted a public awareness program in Trivandrum. Please see the report in The Hindu: Draft Bill should be clear about euthanasia: experts

Thank you, Sri M G Radhakrishnan of Asianet News for moderating the discussions, Dr B. Ekbal, member of the planning board of Kerala for inaugurating the event, and Dr Usha S. Nair, Smt Parvathy Devi and Justice Hariharan Nair for participating in the program. Thank you, supporters of Pallium India for joining. We are in a way pleased that the hall was overflowing beyond capacity, and apologise to the few people who could not find sitting room.

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