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Saturday 21 October 2017

Community's tribute to Savita at festival of lights celebration

Ria Banerjee and Sravya Rapolu at the Diwali festival celebrations in Galway city. Andrew Downes
Ria Banerjee and Sravya Rapolu at the Diwali festival celebrations in Galway city. Andrew Downes
Savita Halappanavar
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

IN LIFE, Savita Halappanavar was devoted to the annual celebration of Diwali – the Indian festival of lights.

The young dentist and talented dancer's warmth and generosity were recal-led fondly, one year after she tragically lost her life.

Galway's Indian community gathered to celebrate Diwali this weekend where they held a special tribute to Savita.

Up to 150 members of the community took part in the festival of lights celebration where they remembered the young woman who, during her time in Ireland, had made the festival her own.

The community had cancelled last year's celebrations following the death of the 31-year-old, who was 17 weeks pregnant when admitted to hospital in October 2012. Savita died on October 28 last year in Galway University Hospital. A report into her death found that she died of septic shock.

"We cancelled last year's event because no one felt like celebrating but the children wanted to perform the dances for Savita," said Ananya Gupta, cultural secretary of the event.

Irish Independent

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