Chronology: Aruna Ramachandra Shanbaug

Following is the chronology of events relating to the 60-year-old KEM nurse Aruna Ramachandra Shanbaug whose plea for mercy killing was today rejected by the Supreme Court.

Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 21:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Following is the chronology of
events relating to the 60-year-old KEM nurse Aruna Ramachandra
Shanbaug whose plea for mercy killing was today rejected by
the Supreme Court.

1966: Aruna, hailing from Haldipur, Shimoga in Karnataka,
joins KEM Hospital, Mumbai as a staff nurse.

Nov 27, 1973: Aruna, 24, is assaulted physically and
sodomised by a sweeper, Sohanlal Valmiki, at the hospital, who
ties a dog`s leash around her neck and yanks her with it.

Nov 28, 1973: A cleaner finds her lying on the floor with
blood all over in an unconscious condition. It is learnt that
due to strangulation by the dog`s leash, supply of oxygen to
the brain stopped and the brain got damaged.

Later, nurses at KEM go on a three-day strike demanding
additional security and better working conditions.

1974: Sohanlal is sentenced to seven years` imprisonment
for attempt to murder and for robbing Aruna`s earrings.

1998: Journalist and author Pinki Virani is given
permission to shift Aruna for MRI to Jaslok Hospital. However,
doctors, fearing it could cause Aruna`s death, retract the
permission.

The same year, `Aruna`s story, the true account of a rape
and its aftermath` authored by Pinki Virani is published.

Dec 18, 2009: SC admits Pinki Virani`s petition for mercy
killing of Aruna.

Jan 24, 2011: SC appoints a team of three distinguished
doctors of Mumbai -- J V Divatia, Roop Gurshani and Nilesh
Shah -- to examine Aruna thoroughly and submit a report about
her physical and mental condition.

Dr Sanjay Oak, Dean KEM Hospital, Mumbai issues a
statement opposing euthanasia for Aruna.

Feb 17: The team of doctors submits report to the court.

Feb 18: SC directs the three doctors to appear before it
on March 2,2011. Also to explain technical terms used in the
report and share their views on euthanasia.

Mar 2, 2011: SC reserves verdict.

Mar 7, 2011: SC dismisses plea for mercy killing of
Aruna. Allows passive euthanasia under exceptional
circumstances.

PTI