Aruna Shanbaug, a Mumbai nurse who was in a coma for 42 years after being sexually assaulted in 1973 has died, according to authorities. Shanbaug had been in a vegetative state after being raped and strangled by a co-worker and left to die in the hospital basement. The attacker was released after serving a seven-year prison term. Shanbaug had been on life support for the last few days, after contracting pneumonia. Her case sparked a nationwide debate over India’s euthanasia laws, as an author and friend of Shanbaug had petitioned the courts to stop force-feeding her through a tube, and “end her unbearable agony.” His case was opposed by the nurses at the hospital who cared for her for more than 4 decades after her family could no longer support her, and was ultimately rejected by the Indian Supreme Court.
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