Justice for Savita: BJP to gherao Irish embassy, MEA awaits probe report
Dublin: Bhartiya Janta Party’s Mahila Morcha Chief, Smriti Irani wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid demanding India government should pursue Savita’s death case actively. The Party is planning to stage a protest in front of Irish embassy in New Delhi on Friday.
Savita Halappanavar died due to blood poisoning after Irish hospital refused abortion because abortion is still considered to be unethical in Irish laws.
The Irish government has launched an independent probe into the case. The hospital administration is also conducting an investigation of its own.
The Ministry of External affairs is awaiting the results of the investigation.
Meanwhile, about 2,000 people gathered outside the Irish parliament — the Dail — in Dublin Thursday calling for the reform of the nation’s controversial abortion laws. A minute’s silence was also held in memory of Savita.
In London, a group of about 40 protesters also gathered outside the Irish embassy. In Cork, a candlelight vigil was held at the city’s opera house in her memory, BBC reported.
Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny, meanwhile, did not rule out an independent inquiry. He said it was appropriate for the Health Minister to first receive the reports of the hospital and the HSE.
As the tragic death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar in Ireland evoked global outrage, Irish authorities today said they would appoint an independent external expert to probe the matter so that it could “stand up to world’s scrutiny”.
The Health and Safety Executive, which runs all of the Irish public health services, said an independent external expert in obstetrics and gynaecology would be appointed to strengthen the incident management team it has asked to investigate the circumstances of Savita’s death.
As the news of 31-year-old pregnant woman’s tragic death led to angry protests in Dublin against Ireland’s abortion laws, Health Minister James Reilly today warned the inquiry into the tragic death should “stand up to world’s scrutiny”.
“You’re stuck between trying to get to the answers as quickly as you possibly can but not doing so in such a rushed fashion that you don’t get the true answers. I want the findings of this to stand up to the scrutiny of the world,” Mr Reilly was quoted as saying by the Irish Times.
Savita, hailing from Karnataka, died from blood poisoning at University Hospital Galway on October 28 after doctors allegedly refused to perform an abortion stating “this is a Catholic country”.
Abortion is illegal in Ireland except where there is a real and substantial risk to the life, as distinct from the health, of the mother.
(PHOTOS: Savita Halappanavar is seen in an undated family photo in Galway, Ireland. Reuters)