Hopes probe into death of Savita will be independent

The mounting public outrage at the death of an Indian woman after she was denied an abortion by doctors in Ireland forced the Ministry of External Affairs to summon the Irish Ambassador on Friday and convey the “concern and angst in Indian society at the untimely and tragic death.”

Echoing some of the views expressed in the country, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told journalists: “Saving the life of the mother is of prime importance, if you can’t save the life of the child.”

M. Ganapathi, Secretary (West), summoned Ambassador Feilim McLaughlin and told him that India hoped the inquiry into the death would be independent. He said India was unhappy that a young life had come to an untimely end and hoped the Indian Ambassador in Dublin would be regularly updated with the progress of the probe.

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