On November 27th 1973 a nurse was sexually assaulted by Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki; a ward boy at the same hospital where this nurse used to work. He was motivated by resentment for being ordered to be castigated by the same nurse.
The same night while this nurse was changing clothes, he chocked her with a wire due to which the supply of oxygen to brain was stopped resulting in cervical cord injury and partial blindness. As per examination by doctors, it was said that there was no penetration made by Walmiki; as the nurse was menstruating on that day. Reports also suggested that nurse went bleeding from anal for many days. The theory of anal sex was not brought out by police and the hospital due to further social implication which in there view may even have resulted in breaking her marriage.
Since that day this nurse named Aruna Shanbug is in a state of misery, lying in state where she nor can speak or can do anything else for last 37 yrs. On February 24th 2011 her friend and lawyer Ms. Pinki Virani filled a petition in the court of law for the mercy killing which in technical terms in known as active Euthanasia. Supreme court ofIndia denied her petition, stating that active Euthanasia can’t be allowed because it is not a law in country, where is passive Euthanasia is allowed under strict scrutiny of High Court. Under active Euthanasia a patient is killed by giving some kind of medicine or injection to end life, where as in passive Euthanasia the life support and nutrition support is removed to bring the patient into condition of death.
Right to live in our country is a fundamental right where as right to die is decided by Court in our country.
It has been observed that Aruna is now eye’s apple for most of the staff atKEMHospitaland they are taking care of her the best way they can since the incident happened. The medical fraternity is against mercy killing stating that there medical services are good enough to keep such a patient alive. They say that they would like to set up an example in the medical society across world that they have capability of handling such cases. But what I really feel is that just for mere setting up an example, not allowing somebody to get relieved from there pain is in-ethical. I, you and the doctors can only see that pain but it’s that lady who is suffering that pain for last 37 yrs. Its difficult to imagine that suffering she is going through, may be somewhere in her mind she would always be thinking that its better to die instead of living such a life and especially when you know that there is no scope of improvement.
There is nothing left in the nurse life to live for. The only reason she is living at this time is for mere sake that everybody else than her and her friend Ms Pinki wants her to live.
I don’t think that active Euthanasia should be legalized across the country because there are things attached to it, which may bring complications like, there can fraud cases where the family demands for mercy killing just because there are lot of financial benefits they will get after the death of patient, or in other case where family says that its difficult for them to afford the cost of treatment for whole life. In this scenario where family can’t afford the medical cost, government should come in front to take care of that patient because letting somebody die just because one can’t afford the cost of living (treatment) is not justified.
God bless Aruna.