BJP asks Govt to ensure Savita's family gets justice

Expressing concern over the death of an Indian woman in Ireland after doctors in a hospital there refused to terminate her pregnancy, BJP today asked Indian government to take up the issue with the Ireland authorities and provide justice to her family.

BJP Mahila Morcha Chief Smriti Irani wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid demanding the government of India take action on the matter.

"I am of the belief that no religion permits the murder of an innocent woman. The hospital knowingly endangered the life of young Savita (Halappanavar). It is shocking that the doctors chose to let their religious beliefs over-ride the Hippocratic Oath (oath of obligations of proper conduct doctors take before starting practice)", Irani said in her letter.

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.

BJP pointed out that Savita was neither a Catholic nor an Irish.

"Sir, I demand that the government of India takes a serious note of the human rights violation of Savita Halappanavar and provide speedy justice to her family after engaging with the Irish government," Irani said in the letter to Khurshid.

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