August 28th, 2009
NEW DELHI – The farmer couple Jeetnarayan and wife of Prabhawati living in Bashi village of Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh have written to the President of India seeking permission for mercy killing of their four sons aged between 10 and 16 years.
The brothers are suffering from an affliction caused by muscular dystrophy, leaving them to lead a life in a vegetative state.
The four children, Durgesh, 16, Sarvesh, 14, Brijesh, 11, and Suresh, 10, were afflicted with the disease when they turned five.
Children cannot even stand on their feet, move their body below the neck, and have to rely on their parents’ for every daily activity.
Jeetnarayan has sold everything of financial value in his house to foot the hefty sums spent for the children’s treatment.
“Now we are very tired as we just take care of them day and night. There is no time to work even to earn our living. Then we submitted an application to the Prime Minister and also chief of the state. But there was no hearing to our plight. No one came to our door. It’s better for the entire family to die rather than live in such a miserable state,” said Jeetnarayan
“We wanted treatment to be done. But it’s not happening anywhere. We don’t have any other option, we are very poor and there is no way to go. We wanted them to be treated but that’s not happening anywhere and no treatment can be done. So it’s better that we die,” said Prabhawati.
Indian laws do no permit euthanasia or mercy killing. (ANI)