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Indian government expresses ‘concern’ over Savita’s death

A spokesman in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the Indian embassy in Dublin is “following the matter closely”.

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INDIA’S MINISTRY of External Affairs has said the death of an Indian woman in a hospital in Galway, after being refused a termination while suffering a miscarriage, is a “matter for concern”.

A spokesman for the ministry said the country’s embassy in Dublin was monitoring coverage of Savita Halappanavar’s death closely.

“We deeply regret the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar,” ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told Indian news agency PTI.

“The death of an India national in such circumstances is a matter of concern.”

The ministry has forwarded its sympathies to Halappanavar’s family, and said it would examine the outcome of the two separate investigations into Savita’s death being undertaken by the HSE and University College Hospital, Galway.

“We understand that the Irish authorities have initiated two inquiries. We are awaiting the results of these inquiries and we will take it from there,” he said.

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