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Rape victim nurse Aruna Shanbaug dies at KEM hospital after being in coma for over 40 years
Victim of brutal rape in 1973, the nurse Aruna Shanbaug died today in Mumbai's KEM hospital after remaining in come for more than 40 years. Shanbaug, 67, died after a bout of pneumonia. Aruna's condition was critical and she was on ventilator since last week. KEM's dean Avinash Supe confirmed the news of Aruna's death today in morning.

It was the unfortunate day of November 27, 1973 when a sweeper at KEM hospital attacked nurse Aruna Shanbaug and brutally raped her. He tied a dog chain around her neck and then tried to rape her. But upon finding that she was menstruating, the culprit sweeper sodomised her.

The injuries she received during the sexual assault damaged her brain as the chain around her neck had cut-off the oxygen supply. Aruna was originally from Karnataka. But after this assault her relatives gradually stopped visiting her.

Since then she was being taken care by the KEM's doctors and nurses. According to the hospital staff who were taking care of Aruna's heatlh, though she was able to recognise the presence of people.

Seeing the condition of Aruna, an author Pinki Virani sought permission of mercy killing for her from the Supreme Court. But the petition was opposed by the KEM hospital's management and the nursing staff. And finally the apex court also rejected the petition.

The convicted rapist, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki, was let off after seven years in jail.

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