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India expresses concern over death of her national in Ireland

Posted on Nov 15, 06:40PM | UNI

India today expresssed 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 said.

The spokesperson conveyed the government's sympathies to the next of kin of the deceased.

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.

Though the Supreme Court of Ireland had in 1992 held that the procedure should be legalised if there was risk to the woman's life, however, the governments have not been able to pass a law to lift the ban on abortion.

Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny did not rule out an independent inquiry.

He said he was awaiting findings of three investigations, the reports said.