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India 'concerned' over pregnant woman's death in Ireland

Published on Nov 15, 2012 8:05 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India on Thursday expressed "concern" over the death of a pregnant Indian woman in Ireland after doctors allegedly refused her an abortion because it was against the laws of the country.

Ms Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of septicaemia on Oct 28, a week after she was admitted to University Hospital Galway in the west of the country.

"We deeply regret the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar... The death of an Indian national in such circumstances is a matter of concern," foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told a news conference.

"We understand that the Irish authorities have initiated two inquiries (and) we are awaiting the results of these inquiries and we will take it from there," he said in New Delhi.

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