Kerala govt allows prisoners to donate organs to close relatives | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2017

Kerala govt allows prisoners to donate organs to close relatives

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The Kerala government has decided to permit prisoners in state jails to donate their organs to close relatives, but with certain conditions.

According to an official release, ‘The prisoners can henceforth donate their organs to close relatives and the government has decided to make necessary amendments in the Kerala Prisons and Correctional Services (Management) Act 2014. It was also resolved that the period the prisoner is hospitalised post donation, will be considered as parole and the hospital expenses will be met by the jail department’.
However, the prisoner needs to meet certain conditions for the process to take place. Like, the organ donation can be made by prisoners to their close relatives only. Also, they have to take sanction from the concerned court, the same which convicted them, besides the medical board nod for any such organ donation.
The release also made it clear of there being ‘no relaxation in prison term’ for the prisoner following the organ donation.
It is should be noted that the government decision came after hearing the experience of P Sukumaran, a convict serving life sentence in Kannur central jail, who had sought permission to donate one of his kidneys. However, before a decision could have been taken, the patient in question had passed away.

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