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India expresses concern over Indian woman's death in Ireland

ANI  New Delhi, November 15, 2012
First Published: 15:04 IST(15/11/2012) | Last Updated: 18:39 IST(15/11/2012)

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday expressed concern over the tragic death of Indian national Savita Halappanavar in Ireland, and said that it was awaiting the results of the probe being conducted by the Irish authorities.

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"We deeply regret the tragic death of Ms Halappanavar. The death of an Indian national in such circumstances is a matter of concern. Our Embassy in Dublin is following the matter closely," said MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

"Our sympathies have been conveyed to the next of kin who our Embassy has been in touch with. We understand that the Irish authorities have initiated two enquiries. We are awaiting the results of the enquiries," he added.

Halappanavar, a dentist, was reportedly denied a potentially lifesaving abortion even while she was having a miscarriage.

The 31-year-old Indian woman died in Ireland from blood poisoning after doctors allegedly refused to perform an abortion stating 'this is a Catholic country'.


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