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Justice for Savita: India summons Irish Ambassador over abortion death

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Nov 16, 2012, 17:10PM IST
New Delhi: She begged to live, but was forced to die.
 
Following a global outrage over the death of an Indian dentist in Ireland after a hospital denied her an abortion, India has now expressed its ire.
 
The Ministry of External Affairs has summoned the Irish ambassador to discuss the issue. 
 
Savita Halappanavar was denied the termination of her pregnancy under the country's anti-abortion law, even though her life was in danger. The Indian government took up Savita's death directly and the Indian ambassador in Dublin met Irish authorities on Friday after there were protests outside Irish Parliament on Thursday.
 
The National Commission for Women on Friday said it would take up with the External Affairs Ministry the death of the Indian dentist in Ireland after doctors allegedly refused to terminate her pregnancy on the ground that it was a 'Catholic country'. "Indian Government should take action and I will take it up with the External Affairs Ministry on Monday that the Irish government ease the strict abortion rules on humanitarian grounds," NCW chairperson Mamata Sharma said.
 
Ireland has ordered two probes into the incident that took place earlier this week after doctors refused to abort Savita's baby despite a miscarriage. India will, however, not conduct an independent probe of its own.
 
India will, however, not conduct an independent probe of its own in the death of dentist Savita Halappanavar.
 
Grief stricken parents of Savita have demanded amendment of Irish abortion laws to prevent such incidents. Andaneppa Yalagi and Mahadevi Yalagi, parents of 31-year old Savita, who have been passing through the trauma of the sudden loss of their daughter, also appealed to the Indian Government to prevail upon Ireland to amend the Irish law banning abortions. "The Irish law on abortion should be amended to prevent incidents such as my daughter's death from occurring in future," they said.
 
31-year-old Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, was found to be miscarrying and wanted an abortion. But the doctors declined saying theirs is a Catholic country and they cannot abort a foetus. The dead foetus was later removed and Savita was taken to the high dependency unit and then the intensive care unit, where she died of septicaemia on October 28. An autopsy carried out two days later found she died of septicaemia "documented ante-mortem" and E.coli ESBL. Irish authorities have launched a probe into the death of Savita.
 
(With inputs from PTI, CNN-IBN)
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