mid-day coverage: Peace, at last, for Mumbai nurse Aruna Shanbaug

42 years after a barbaric rape in KEM hospital where she worked as a nurse left her in a vegetative state, Aruna Shanbaug left this world for a better place

Aruna Shanbaug's cardiac arrest took doctors by surprise
Doctors at KEM Hospital said Aruna Shanbaug was showing signs of recovery and they had been hoping she would manage to fight the pneumonia, like she had once before; nursing staff said they were happy she died a natural death and no one was allowed to take her life in the name of a mercy killing. (Read more)

Did Aruna Shanbaug's family abandon her?
This question triggered a debate between the family members and the nursing staff at KEM yesterday; while the family insisted they had taken care of Shanbaug for 12 years and visited her every month after that, the nurses said they never saw any family members and the hospital staff was the only family she had for 42 years. (Read more)

Bidding adieu: Nurses and doctors at KEM hospital bid a tearful goodbye to Aruna Shanbaug, who they took care of for 42 long years. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
Bidding adieu: Nurses and doctors at KEM hospital bid a tearful goodbye to Aruna Shanbaug, who they took care of for 42 long years. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Makers of a play on Aruna Shanbaug remember her
The makers of 'Katha Arunachi', a Marathi play based on the tragic journey of former KEM nurse, Aruna Shanbaug, yesterday recounted how a sense of compassion imbued them even as they were allowed to see her only from a distance while preparing to stage her story in 2002. (Read more)

'Aruna Shanbaug's room in ward no 4 will never be the same for us again'
Recalling the time they spent with Shanbaug, nurses said she loved Marathi and Konkani music and chicken curry; they said every member of the nursing staff had served her at some point. (Read more)

Aruna Shanbaug's greatest gift to India was the passive euthanasia law: Pinki Virani
Friend, guardian and biographer of Aruna’s Story, Pinki Virani speaks of the legacy that the gritty woman will leave behind for all of India. (Read more)

'Perhaps she is paying for all our sins'
The following extract is taken from Pinki Virani’s book Aruna’s Story: The True Account of a Rape and its Aftermath. (Read more)

For autonomy and dignity, in life and dying
How would one rank the tragedies in Aruna Shanbaug’s life? What are these tragedies? Undoubtedly, Sohanlal Valmiki’s brutal assault on 27 November 1973, which left her in a permanent vegetative state, is the first... (Read full column)

In pictures: Aruna Shanbaug's final journey
KEM Hospital nurse Aruna Shanbaug was laid to rest at the Bhoiwada cremation ground in the presence of close family and friends. (View photos) 

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