Family of Savita Halappanavar, who died owing to a combination of medical negligence and abortion laws in Ireland, feels that it is high time that Ireland authorities prefer humanity over religion. Savita Halappanavar was 17-weeks pregnant when she miscarried and died last month.
Speaking to mediapersons, the pained mother of the deceased, Akkamahadevi, said: “Compassion is the basic foundation of all the religions. If that lacks, there is no meaning of religion.”
Speaking to DNA, Savita’s brother, Sanjeev, said it is high time that Irish authorities repeal the law on abortion so that such tragic incidents does not take place there again. He said that owing to relentless support for Indians from the localites, the issue came to limelight.
“The issue came to public domain after Indians living in that country raised the issue with the support of Irish people. When the Irish authorities were going slow on the investigation, the local populace there approached Irish Times, later the news appeared in BBC and other websites.”
When he was asked if the family had approached external affairs ministry to take up the issue seriously with the Irish government, he said, “Now they too are aware of the issue and I feel they must press the Irish authorities to do away with such draconian laws. I also feel that it should not be a mere news in the media. There should be an awareness in that country so that such incidents do not get repeated.” Commenting on whether the family will take up a legal battle, he said: “Savita’s husband is going back to that country to follow up the case.”
Savita, after completing her BDS course at KLE College in Belgaum, left for Ireland and lived there for almost four years. She was the youngest among her siblings.