- 91 farmers from Buldhana district in Vidharbha, Maharashtra, have written a letter to Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao demanded permission for euthanasia, as they claim they don’t have money to fend for themselves and their families.
- The farmers have been on hunger strike since the past one-and-half months.
Farmers in Maharashtra are reeling under severe crises. Crop loss due to natural calamity, debt and government’s apathy are the main reasons which are forcing them to take a step towards suicide.
But taking a different approach, 91 farmers from Khamgaon tehsil, Buldhana, Maharashtra have written a letter to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, demanding euthanasia or mercy killing.
The farmers allege that the state took away their land for the construction of a highway project. But, didn’t pay them as per the market price. Owing to which, they have suffered agony and can’t fend for their families anymore.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Vinayak Deshmukh, a local farmer said, “It’s been past one-and-half months, that we have been sitting for this hunger strike. But, no one from the state machinery has bothered to take notice. We have given our land, our only source of income to the government for the project. But, government hasn’t paid us the required compensation. That is why; we have written a letter to the governor demanding euthanasia.”
What is euthanasia?
Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.
Patients who have reached such a state, where even today’s modern medicine cannot bring him/her back to life. Nor improve their condition and are on support system, can seek euthanasia.
Euthanasia is of 2 types – active and passive.
Active Euthanasia: Drugs are given to patients to end their life.
Passive Euthanasia: Stop giving drugs which are required by the patients to sustain life or instrumentation.