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

Posted on Nov 15, 06:31PM | UNI

The BJP today demanded that External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid take the issue of death of an Indian woman in Ireland due to a hospital's refusal to conduct an abortion to save her life with the Irish government.

"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 (Savita Halappanavar).

It is shocking that doctors chose to let their religious beliefs override the Hippocratic Oath," BJP Mahila Morcha national president Smriti Z Irani said in a letter to Mr Khurshid.

She 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.

Indian Government has expresssed concern over the death of Savita Halappanavar.

"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.

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

According to reports, Savita (31) died on October 28 in Ireland from complications following the hospital's refusal to conduct an abortion to save her life.

Her death has triggered calls for a review of the Catholic nation's near complete ban on termination of pregnancy, even on medical grounds.