Even as social groups launched a campaign demanding modification of laws in Ireland following the death of Belgaum-born Savita P. Halappanavar, more social organisations here have come forward in support.
Savita died on October 28, 2012 after being refused abortion by doctors at Galway University Hospital despite apparent risk to her life. They have been urging the Indian government to take up the matter with the Irish government.
The Kranti Gangotri Akkanaagala Ambika Mahila Gana, Belgaum, criticised the university hospital doctors for forgetting all humanitarian concerns under the pretext of laws, which could have saved Savita’s life.
In a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, through the Deputy Commissioner here on Monday, the outfit’s president Neelaganga Patil said: “It’s horrible to see that such draconian laws are still in vogue.
“It’sdeplorable that even when Savita’s husband, Praveen Halappanavar, pleaded for her life, the doctors refused to perform the abortion, quoting the country’s laws.”
“It’s unfortunate that basic women’s rights were denied to Savita.”
Condemning the “anti-women” attitude of the Irish government, the organisation urged the Prime Minister to seek an unconditional apology from that government and adequate financial compensation to the bereaved family.