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BJP demands govt to raise Savita's death issue with Ireland

Posted on Nov 15, 06:15PM | UNI

The BJP today demanded that the Centre raise with the Irish government the issue of death of Savita Halappanavar due to miscarriage in Ireland after local hospital authorities refused abortion.

"We demand the Government of India to take action on the issue and raise the matter with the Irish government. It is a matter of human rights violation," BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters here.

BJP Mahila Morcha president Smriti Irani wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to raise the matter with Ireland.

"Sir, I am of the belief that no religion permits the murder of an innocent woman. The hospital knowingly endangered the life of young Savita. It is shocking that the doctors chose to let their religious beliefs override the Hippocratic Oath," Ms Irani said in her letter.

The BJP Rajya Sabha MP demanded that the Government of India take serious note of the human rights violation of Savita Halappanavar and provides speedy justice to her family after engaging with the Irish government.

India has expressed concern over the death of its national Savita Halappanavar due to miscarriage in Ireland after local hospital authorities refused abortion as the procedure is illegal in the predominantly Catholic country.

"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," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said here.

"We understand that the Irish authorities have initiated two inquiries. We are awaiting the results of the inquiries," he added.

Savita, 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when the miscarriage took place. She had died on October 31.

Media reports from Dublin said the death has rekindled the debate over legalising abortion in Ireland flared after the government confirmed that the woman developed blood poisoning after she was refused abortion, leading to her death.