A man from Assam’s Charaideo district has sought President Ram Nath Kovind’s permission for death through mercy killing as he was unable to bear the trauma of being a paralyzed patient and failing to repay the loan money taken from the banks.
Mukul Khakhlary, who hails from Sonari, is suffering from paralysis following an accident a few months back. He failed to return the loans taken from five different financial institutions for his treatment after the accident.
Speaking to media persons, he said, “We had taken loans from five financial institutions including Axis and Bandhan Bank for my treatment following the accident. But, we have failed to return the money to date.”
“Still, I requested the concerned authorities to allow me some time to return the loan money. But, they have pressured me repeatedly to return the money at the earliest. Finding no way out, I decided to write to the President of India seeking mercy killing,” Khakhlary said. Besides, he alleged that his wife left him due to the “mental torture” by the bank authorities.
Khakhlary sent the letter to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner of Charaideo on November 5th, 2019.
Since March 2018, passive euthanasia is legal in India under strict guidelines. The patients must consent through a living will, and must be either terminally ill or in a vegetative state.
Inputs and photo: Hansang Konwar