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Thursday 24 July 2014

Devastated husband can't bear returning to house

Greg Harkin

Published 19/11/2012|05:00

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THE husband of Savita Halappanavar has vowed never to return to the home they shared before her death.

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Praveen Halappanavar was meeting officials at the Indian embassy in Dublin last night after returning to Ireland for the first time since taking his wife's body home to their native India for cremation.

The couple had been living in a three-bedroom house in the Roscam area of Galway city, but Mr Halappanavar has handed back the keys to the landlord.

"He didn't want to return here after what happened," said the new tenant. "He doesn't even want to come to pick up his mail and you can't blame him after what happened."

A friend of Mr Halappanavar said: "Praveen has been asked to give his version of events to embassy officials and to his solicitor so he can have an input into the terms of reference of the HSE inquiry.

"Praveen couldn't return to their house. He said he couldn't live there again. He has been brave to speak out, but he's also devastated at Savita's death.

"He has been deeply moved by the vigils which have taken place, especially seeing the thousands of people marching through Dublin. It has given him great comfort."

A separate garda investigation into the circumstances of Savita's death is also under way, under the direction of the Galway Coroner's Office.

Vigils

The Irish Independent has learned that medical staff at Galway University Hospital have taken legal advice ahead of the investigations.

A source said: "They are prevented from saying anything publicly because of the nature of this case, but they have a lot to say and they will tell it to the HSE investigation and to gardai."

Savita's brother, Sanjeev Yalagi, said his family had been moved by the thousands of people who had taken part in vigils across Ireland at the weekend.

"We cannot bring Savita back, but we hope there can be change so that women, whether they are Irish or from other countries, are treated differently in the future," he said.

Savita's father, Andanappa Yalagi, who is considering legal action, said: "We want the government of India to put pressure on Ireland to change the law so this won't happen again."

Irish Independent

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