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Nurses at KEM Hospital in Mumbai Celebrate Aruna Shanbaug's 68th Birthday

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on June 2, 2015 at 6:20 AM
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Nurses at KEM Hospital in Mumbai Celebrate Aruna Shanbaug's 68th Birthday

Nurses of the KEM Hospital, Mumbai, fondly remembered their deceased colleague Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug, on the occasion of her birthday on June 1, 2015. Shanbaug remained in coma for 42 years after sexual assault when she was 25 years and died at the hospital on May 18, 2015. Scores of nurses visited the tiny room no.4 in the hospital which was Shanbaug's home as she lay there for over 40 years, deserted by her family and relatives, but cared lovingly by the nurses of the hospital. The nurses put flowers, symbolically cut cake, and greeted one another.

Dr.Avinash Supe, the dean of the KEM Hospital, said, "Nurses have been remembering Aruna Shanbaug since morning. A commemorative program has been organized in the hospital auditorium later in the day by the nursing staff. We have also decided to rename the room No.4 after Aruna Shanbaug and continue giving care to patients there."


The demand for renaming room no. 4 was made by the nursing staff shortly after Shanbaug's death. Later, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the Thane Nursing Training College would also be renamed after Shanbaug.

In another development, a Marathi biography on Shanbaug, 'Vyatha Arunachi' (Aruna's Agony), penned by a based Mumbai journalist Neha Purav after her death two weeks ago, would be released later in the day. The book will be released at a public function at Mumbai Press Club in the presence of Dr. Supe, former Rajya Sabha member Bharat Raut, dean of Sir JJ Group of Hospital Dr. T.P. Lahane, former mayors Shraddha Jadhav and Shubha Raul, Darpan Publishers' Deepak Mhatre and other prominent personalities. Purav said, "I used to go and sit at Aruna's bedside for many years, observed her from close quarters and also interacted with the nurses who cared for her all these years. I thought of writing the book after she died."

Giving highlights about the biography, Purav said, "The book details the agony of Aruna's life in hospital, how the nurses tried to help her selflessly, how she was deserted by her family members, how her former fiance even applied a 'red tika' on her forehead four years after she lapsed into coma, but later succumbed to family pressures and refused to accept her as his wife."

Last week, a Mumbai journalist tracked down the current whereabouts of Sohanlal Valmiki, the former hospital contract sweeper who perpetrated the crime on Shanbaug 42 years ago shortly before she was proceeding on a leave to get married. Valmiki was traced to a small village in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh. According to the latest reports, following the discovery of a person of disrepute in their midst, the villagers now want Valmiki to leave the village.

Source: Medindia


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