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Indian woman's death: Government takes up the matter with Ireland

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Nov 16, 2012 at 11:30am IST

New Delhi: The Indian government took up Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar's death in Ireland directly and the Indian ambassador in Dublin met Irish authorities on Friday after there were protests outside Irish parliament on Thursday. Meanwhile, 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.

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.

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Political parties termed the incident it as a violation of human rights while Savita's parents demanded an international probe. The Delhi Catholic Archdiocese said the mother's life should not have been risked though abortion was a complete no for them.

Activists protested on Thursday night in Belfast a day after thousands rallied in London, Dublin, Cork and Galway in memory of Savita. Irish gynecologists on Thursday demanded that the government close a 20-year-old hole in the country's abortion law that leaves them fearing prosecution if they abort a fetus to protect a woman's life.

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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.

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