Homegrown death alive, well in India

As nation debates ethics of euthanasia, region embraces it

Posted: January 20, 2013 at 3:51 a.m.

Michael headed for work at a textile mill, leaving his wife, children and infirm mother at home in his impoverished part of southern India. When he returned a few hours later, his mother’s body was propped up in a chair surrounded by villagers and decorated with flowers, poisoned by his wife with a potion in a local form of mercy killing known as thalaikoothal.

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Front Section, Pages 3 on 01/20/2013