Defined as ‘to move or go from one place or point to another’,travelling is more than just a recreational activity. Some travel to regain the spirit of life, and some, for the ‘Right to die’.
Euthanasia or mercy killing is a practice of the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.
Though it is illegal in most parts of the world , including India, it is still debatable and sought by patients who are tires of their agony and unbearable sufferings.
As the idea of assisted suicide became more acceptable around the world, many patients have grown critical of restrictive laws in their states and countries that prohibit Euthanasia. For patients with a progressive or terminal disease that is incurable or unbearable , euthanasia is a tool they dream of to end their misery. But the practice of euthanasia being illegal in their respected countries deprives them of a dignified or ‘legal’ death seen as an ‘end to their sufferings’
For most patients hoping to end their lives, traveling to a region that allows assisted suicide is much easier than changing the law at home. Thus suicide tourism/ euthanasia tourism was born.
Countries like Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, and California, permit this practice and have thus become a haven for those who seek an end to their sufferings. They have been named as ‘suicide tourists’
As cited by CNN,
The phenomenon has only grown and will continue to do so unabated, according to one team of Swiss researchers. They found that, between 2008 and 2012, 611 visitors came to Switzerland for the sole purpose of ending their lives. These people came from 31 different countries, but most hailed from Germany and the United Kingdom.The study authors write that “in the UK, at least, ‘going to Switzerland’ has become a euphemism for assisted suicide.”
Assisted suicide is now a topic brought to light as the countries are debating on the pros and cons of permitting the practice of Euthanasia or allowing doctors to assist the critically ill patients, die.
Till the laws are revised the patients will continue to flock to these countries in search of their rights to end their life in a peaceful and legal manner and the trend of suicide tourism will continue being on a rise.