Mumbai(web team): Aruna Shanbaug, the nurse from KEM hospital who was raped by a ward boy in 1973, passed away on Monday. She was living ina vegetative state for the last 42 years.
Dr. Pravin Bhanger, resident medical offical confired the reports.
Two days ago, Shanbaug, 68, was shifted to the hospital's medical intensive care unit (MICU) after she developed pneumonia. The pneumonia bout had left the rape survivor in a breathless state, prompting doctors to move her out of ward no 4.
Shanbaug was living in ward no. 4 in a vegetative state. The room outside the ward on the ground floor was her home after a brutal sexual attack in 1973 left her paralysed.
The Supreme Court of India had in 2010 admitted a petition to grant euthansia to Shanbaug, because of her permanent vegetative state. However, it was turned down the following year.
Shanbaug had been assaulted on November 27, 1973 while she was changing in the hospital basement. The rapist choked her with a dog chain and then sodomized her. The asphyxiation cut off oxygen supply to her brain, resulting in brain stem contusion injury and cervical cord injury apart from leaving her cortically blind. After this she slipped into a vegetative state and has remained there since.
The ward boy who assaulted Shanbaug, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki, has never been prosecuted for rape - because the then-Dean Dr Deshpande concealed the incident of anal rape from the investigation. However, Walmiki served two concurrent sentences for robbery and attempted murder.