Women’s commission to take up death of Indian woman

Shillong, Nov 16: The National Commission for Women (NCW) Friday said it would take up with the central government the death of an Indian women in an Ireland hospital after doctors refused her an abortion.

“The (Indian) government should take action and ask the Irish government to ease the strict abortion rules on humanitarian ground,” NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma told reporters at a workshop here.

Savita Halappanavar, a 31−year−old Indian dentist, died in a hospital in Ireland after doctors refused to abort her foetus on grounds that “this is a Catholic country”.

“What are they (Irish government) talking about. There should not be a law that is against humanity,” Sharma said.

The tragic death of Halappanavar has sparked a global outrage.

Halappanavar arrived Oct 21 with back pain at Galway University Hospital in Ireland where she was found to be miscarrying at 17 weeks. She died of septicaemia Oct 28.

IANS