Savita's death: India hopes such incidents are not repeated

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 10:51 hrs

New Delhi: With the Irish government likely to discuss amendments to its anti-abortion law in the wake of the death of an Indian dentist, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi today hoped the conscience of the political class in Ireland will "awaken" to prevent such incidents in future.

"The law should protect life of every human beings. Hope the conscience of the political rulers (in Ireland) will awaken and they will make some decision so that such incidents do not repeat," Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Ravi said.

31-year-old Savita Halappanavar had died in an Irish hospital last month after doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy even after she miscarried. She died of blood poisoning after spending three days in pain and agony.

India has already conveyed its "concern and angst" over the tragic death of Halappanavar and hoped the inquiry which has been instituted by that country would be "independent".

The Irish cabinet is set to take up a report of an expert group on abortion even as thousands of people in Ireland continued to protest the death.

Ravi said although the issue involved faith but still it should not have restricted the authorities from providing medical aid to Halappanavar.

The Minister was replying to a question on the issue on the sidelines of a meeting he had with an Australian delegation.

"I spoke to her family and we are with them and we will try our best to help them," Ravi said, insisting that India wanted a transparent probe into the incident.

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