Indian nurse dies after 42 years in coma after rape

Indian Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor center, participates a protest against the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (File photo: AP)

Hospital authorities say a Mumbai nurse who was in a coma for 42 years after a sexual assault while working in a hospital has died.

Aruna Shanbaug suffered brain damage and was in a vegetative state after she was raped and strangled by a hospital worker in 1973.

Aruna Shanbaug

Aruna Shanbaug



Pravin Bangar, medical superintendent at Mumbai's King Edward Memorial Hospital, said Shanbaug had been diagnosed with pneumonia and had been on a life support system for the past few days.

Shanbaug's case sparked a debate over India's euthanasia laws after a Mumbai lawyer petitioned the courts to stop force-feeding her through a tube so her suffering would not be prolonged.

Aruna Shanbaug

Aruna Shanbaug



The case was opposed by nurses at the hospital who took turns taking care of her for more than four decades.
 

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