India will wait for the results of two enquiries instituted by the Irish authorities into the death of Savita Halappanavar (31) in Dublin before taking up the case.
The woman died after doctors of a hospital refused to perform an abortion because of the country’s strict anti-abortion laws.
Besides the two enquiries — one an internal probe by the hospital and the other by Ireland’s health service, there are demands for a high-level independent probe besides immediate changes to the law that makes abortions illegal in that country.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) regretted Ms. Halappanavar’s death and felt her passing away in such circumstances was a matter of concern.
“Our embassy in Dublin is following the matter closely. Our sympathies have been conveyed to the next of kin with whom our embassy has been in touch. We understand that the Irish authorities have initiated two enquiries. We are awaiting the results of the enquiries,” said MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.