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10th anniversary of an Indian woman’s death in Ireland, a digital archive of Savita Halappanavar’s murals is in its final stage

DUBLIN: A digital archive of murals is nearing completion as Ireland approaches the 10th anniversary of the high-profile disappearance of an Indian woman.

A digital memorial is being planned for Savita Halappanavar of Belgaum, who died of sepsis on October 28, 2012, when she was 17 weeks pregnant. They requested an abortion, but University Hospital Galway refused. It cited legal grounds.

Savita’s death was felt not only in Ireland but by thousands around the world. People took to the streets to express their condolences and protest. The government was also forced to change Ireland’s abortion laws as a result of this. There was a massive demonstration against the current abortion laws. With this, the demand to cancel the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland, which prohibits abortion, was raised. A referendum was held as part of this. Abortion was legal.

Thousands of people paid their respects at Savita Halappanavar’s mural on Richmond Street in south Dublin after the referendum to repeal the controversial law in 2018. The mural contains over 1,200 messages in total. These messages will form part of an online record archiving reproductive health project, Dublin City Library and Archives said.

The online archive is expected to become a reality early next year.

The project is carried out by Digital Repository Ireland’s Archiving Reproductive Health series, which includes a number of online archives including: In Her Shoes; Women of the Eighth and Posters and City Streets; Eighth Amendment Referendum Campaign Information.

It is also worth noting that, despite the fact that the law is now in effect, Ireland is still not fully supportive of abortion policies.

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