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Indian woman's death: India, world direct ire at Ireland

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bangalore, November 15, 2012
First Published: 23:49 IST(15/11/2012) | Last Updated: 03:26 IST(16/11/2012)

The family of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, who died after being denied abortion in staunchly Catholic Ireland, is yet to decide whether to drag the authorities concerned to court.

"As of now, I have no plans to indulge in a legal fight with the hospital where my wife was denied abortion. I will make the decision after the results of the internal inquiry ordered by the Irish PM comes through," said Praveen Halappanavar, Savita's husband.

Praveen, an engineer with the Bostan Scientific Company in Ireland, said, "Savita had gained the love and affection of the people in Galway city, where we have been residing. Not just the Indian community, even the citizens of that country are supporting me."

"Though the hospital had good medical facilities, it was the law of the land that killed my wife," Praveen lamented.

He said that though Savita possessed a dental degree, she could not practise in the country due to the many legal hurdles in establishing a private clinic. However, she had become popular in the area because her dancing skills helped her participate in various cultural activities.

Savita's father, Andanappa Sankappa Yalagi, and her mother, Akkamma Devi, had visited the couple in Ireland three months ago.

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"She seemed healthy when we were back there," said Devi. "Nobody should have to experience this kind of pain. This inhuman law of that nation should be banned…"

Her father agreed. Stating that it was the orthodox anti-abortion law of the Ireland that had killed her daughter, Yalagi said, "This is because of the negligence of Irish doctors. We are seeking a probe into the issue. Irish rules must be changed."

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Praveen, hailing from Haveri in Karnataka, had married Savita of Belgaum on April 19, 2008. He plans to conduct her last rites at her parents' place.

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Family of Savita blames Irish law, medical negligence for her death

Irish govt wants Savita probe to stand up to world's scrutiny


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