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2) The right to a dignified life extends up to the point of having a dignified death. Analyse in the light of guidelines given by the Supreme Court in a recent judgement

Topic: Indian constitution – salient features; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections

2) The right to a dignified life extends up to the point of having a dignified death. Analyse in the light of guidelines given by the Supreme Court in a recent judgement. (250 Words)

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Why this question?

This issue is given a final shape in terms of guidelines by the SC. Ethically and constitutionally an important issue.  Important for Mains. 

Key demand of the question:

You should analyse why right to dignified life also means right to dignified death.  Drawing from various rights related observations made by the SC (liberty, dignity, consent, autonomy, right to refuse etc), analyse each aspect in the light of the statement. 

Directive Word:

Analyse: As mentioned above, divide answer into parts and examine each aspect within the demand of the question.  

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction write about importance of having guidelines in absence of a related law. 

Define active and passive euthanasia (to let know examiner that your concepts are clear)

In the body, divide answer into 4-5 key aspects of this issue(as mentioned above). Within each  write about SC observation and their implications. You should also write significance of these guidelines. Give facts related to the Law Commission, past cases etc. 

In the conclusion, write in 1-2 lines about challenges involved in granting special status.

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