Govt concerned over death of Indian in Ireland

November 16, 2012 - 12:25:31 am

New Delhi: India yesterday said the “tragic death” of an Indian woman in Ireland, who was denied abortion, was a “matter of concern” and its embassy in Dublin was following the matter closely.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the government should take serious note of the incident and help provide speedy justice to the woman’s family.

Responding to a media query on the death of Savita Halappanavar, 31, who collapsed after doctors in an Ireland hospital refused to abort her foetus on grounds that “this is a Catholic country”, the External Affairs Ministry said: “We deeply regret the tragic death of Ms Halappanavar. The death of an Indian national in such circumstances is a matter of concern.”

“Our embassy in Dublin is following the matter closely,” the External Affairs spokesperson said, adding that the embassy was in touch with the family.