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Savita summons for Irish envoy

New Delhi, Nov. 16: New Delhi today summoned the Irish envoy to convey its “concern and angst” over the Indian woman who died after doctors in Ireland allegedly refused to terminate her pregnancy saying it was a “Catholic country”.

Ambassador Feilim McLaughlin promised full co-operation in the inquiry ordered into the death of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, who had asked for an abortion to end complications in her 17-week pregnancy.

Madhusudan Ganapathi, secretary (west) in the foreign ministry, summoned the envoy. “During his meeting with the ambassador, secretary (Ganapathi) expressed India’s concern and angst about the untimely and tragic death of Savita. He said we were unhappy that a young life had come to an untimely end,” an official source said.

Ganapathi expressed hope the probe would be independent and that the Indian ambassador in Dublin would be provided with information on its progress, the source said.

“The ambassador promised full co-operation in the inquiry ordered into the circumstances leading to the death of Savita. He also indicated that the terms of reference for the inquiry would be announced shortly,” the source said.

The Indian ambassador is also taking up the matter with the Irish government. Savita, a dentist, died from blood poisoning late last month after doctors at the University Hospital in Galway allegedly refused the abortion citing the Catholic country’s laws. Husband Praveen, an engineer with Boston Scientific in Galway, has told Irish media his wife’s request for abortion was rejected as the doctors said the foetus’s heart was still beating.