Thalaikoothal is a Tamil word. English translation is Senicide. Killing of elderly people by the relatives. It is an involuntary euthanasia. When an elderly person becomes very sick, the relatives (mostly children) perform Thalaikoothal so he/she dies peacefully.
Some do it so the elderly person does not suffer a lot. Some others do it because they don’t have money to take care of them or for operation. Village people think it is mercy killing.
I was surprised to see this is being practiced in villages in Tamil Nadu. This is illegal but still practiced in Tamil Nadu.
I came to know about this when I was watching a Tamil documentary type movie in Amazon Prime. The movie is titled Baaram (Burden). Watched it last night. Very disturbing. Could not eat dinner.
They say there are 26 different methods to do Senicide. Most popular is giving cold water massage on the head of the elderly person and then giving him coconut water. This will reduce the body temperature sufficient enough to cause heart failure. In Tamil language, Thalai means head. I don't know what is the meaning of Koothal.
In this movie, the guy was injected with poison.
Wonder why the Indian Government is not going after the culprits.