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RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES OF EUTHANASIA: A DILEMMA
Narendra Kaushik* and Prof. Dr. Saroj Parwez
The people have limited orientation about the concept and application of euthanasia. Euthanasia-related attitudes vary largely based on the cultural context, cultural diversity, end of life care and changes in trends. The euthanasia-related thoughts are associated with finance, religion and health associated issues. Religion and spirituality are known to influence health by helping patients and families cope with an illness, by developing a positive state of mind, and by maintaining emotional integrity. Hindu, Christianity and Muslims are not in favor of euthanasia. In Jain religion, explicitly allows a shravak (follower of Jainism) full consent to put an end to his or her life. Moreover, Jewish thinkers strongly disapprove voluntary euthanasia, but there are few thinkers who support and advocate voluntary euthanasia in limited circumstances and selected situations. While in Shinto, the religious organizations agree with the act of voluntary passive euthanasia. Euthanasia is still a taboo as per religious thoughts. As per religious perceptions, euthanasia has positive and negative aspects. There is no uniform thought towards euthanasia but majority of religions are against euthanasia.[Full Text Article]