Aruna Shanbaug's 42-year ordeal comes to an end: All you need to know

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Aruna Shanbaug, the former nurse at KEM Hospital who was brutally sexually assaulted by a ward boy at the facility 42 years ago and had been lying in a vegetative state ever since, passed away today. [After suffering for 42 years, Mumbai nurse Aruna Shanbaug passes away]

Aruna Shanbaug: All you need to know

Cause of Aruna's death:

  • The 66-year-old was battling a serious bout of pneumonia and was on ventilator support, sources said.
  • She was in the medical ICU of King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital located in Parel area of Mumbai.
  • Shanbaug was diagnosed with the lung infection after a series of diagnostic tests.

Raped by a ward boy in 1973:

  • On November 27, 1973, while working as a junior nurse at KEM Hospital, she was sexually assaulted by a ward boy, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki.

Aruna slipped into vegetative state since assault:

  • Sohanlal had also strangled her with a dog chain, cutting off oxygen supply to her brain. 
  • Sohanlal attacked and sodomised her while she was changing clothes.
  • Following brutal assault she slipped into a vegetative state and have been put on ventilator for 43 years.

Rapist convicted for assault and robbery:

  • Accused Sohanlal was caught and convicted, and served two concurrent seven-year sentences for assault and robbery.

Petition for mercy death:

  • On 24 January 2011, after she had been in this state for 38 years, the Supreme Court responded to the plea for euthanasia iled by Aruna's friend, journalist Pinki Virani, by setting up a medical panel to examine her.
  • The Apex court turned down the mercy killing petition on March 7, 2011. But allowed passive euthanasia.

Books and plays based on Aruna:

  • Pinki Virani wrote a non-fiction book called 'Aruna's Story' in 1998, the story of the ailing nurse, who hailed from Haldipur in Uttar Kannada.
  • Duttakumar Desai wrote the Marathi play, 'Katha Arunachi' in 1994–-95, which was staged under director Vinay Apte in 2002.
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