Indian nurse dies 42 years after rape
Published: May 18, 2015 6:25 pm
18 May 2015, Nirapad News: An Indian nurse who was in a vegetative state for 42 years after being raped by a hospital ward attendant while on duty has died.
Aruna Shanbaug was left with severe brain damage and paralyzed after her rape in a Mumbai hospital in 1973.
She was kept alive by being fed through her nose but developed pneumonia six days ago, said a hospital spokesman, reports the BBC.com. Her case sparked a debate in India about its euthanasia laws.
” Aruna died at 08:30am on Monday. She was admitted to the intensive care unit and put on ventilator support,” a spokesman at Mumabi’s KEM hospital said.
“My broken, battered baby bird finally flew away. And she gave India a passive euthanasia law before doing so,” journalist and author Pinki Virani, who wrote Aruna’s Story, a book on the nurse’s plight, told the BBC.
Aruna was 25 years old when she was sodomized by the hospital cleaner who strangled her with metal chains and left her to die on 27 November 1973.