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Updated: May 1, 2013 13:10 IST

Sarabjit Singh slips into non-reversible coma

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Sarabjit Singh’s family members offer prayers at Golden Temple in Amritsar. File photo
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Sarabjit Singh’s family members offer prayers at Golden Temple in Amritsar. File photo

Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, severely injured in a brutal assault last week, has slipped into a non-reversible coma and doctors in a Lahore hospital are struggling to save his life, official sources said on Wednesday.

The deterioration in Sarabjit’s condition could lead to brain death, the sources told PTI.

His measurements on the Glasgow Coma Scale, which indicates the levels of consciousness and damage to a person’s central nervous system, had dropped to a “critical level”, the sources said.

A source said Sarabjit’s heart is beating “but without brain function” because of the extensive head injuries he sustained when he was assaulted by prisoners at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

Sarabjit is completely unresponsive and unable to breathe without ventilator support.

The sources said the medical board supervising Sarabjit’s treatment was not in a position to declare him brain dead without consulting his family and Pakistani authorities.

The sources further said Sarabjit could not be removed from the ventilator without his family’s consent and the approval of the Pakistani government.

Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur, daughters Poonam and Swapandeep Kaur and sister Dalbir Kaur, who went to Lahore on Monday to see him, returned to India on Wednesday.

Its a shame we cannot protect the basic right of our citizen.Italian
External Affairs Minister stayed thro in India to be of aid to their
marines. Our Minister says existing relations prevent his visit.Shame

from:  H.Jagannathan
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 17:46 IST

When the Indian government knew that Sarabjit's life was at great risk
after the executions of Kasab and Afzal Guru, why the government
remained a mute spectator even after Sarabjit informed his family about
the torture and harassment he was undergoing in the prison? Since long
time we know the attitude of Pakistan towards Indian prisoners and the
utter neglect by Indian authorities in this regard led to this pathetic
situation of Sarabjit.

from:  Mohan
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 16:11 IST

It is very disappointing to know how a common man can be ignored by his own country. India should develop respect towards its citizens and should treat every citizen as a heartbeat of the country.

from:  Nikhil Bhat
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 15:37 IST

The condition of this high-profile prisoner is quite pathetic. This displays the nature of the condition of Pakistan these days. That is not a place for human beings to live

from:  vinod
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 15:36 IST

This is a deplorable situation. The moments when his family members
had a last look at him and returned with losing all hopes of his life
is heart moving. The time has come to introspect and have a re-look
about our foreign policy and deference policy.

God will save him and Indians should remember him like our national
heroes of pre-independent India, but not like the political heroes
after independence.

from:  Dr. C.Subba Reddy
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 15:06 IST

It really hurts.

Why India can't do what Israel does in the case of It's soldiers.

Oh..our diplomats might have advised against it. Diplomats may be of
opinion that it may lead to the indirect admission that India has lot
of spies and India had indeed send one of such spies to Pakistan. So
let the guy die in Pakistan. Now he is a liability; no more an asset.

Is it Wisdom of Chanakya or that of Insensitive Diplomat ?

I don't know what good Diplomats had done to this nation other than
sending David Headleys or harassing poor Indians in Gulf embassies and

from:  Jayadevan
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 14:12 IST
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