Indian rape victim dies after 4 decades in coma

A Mumbai nurse who was in a vegetative state for more than 40 years after being raped by a hospital cleaner died on Monday, hospital authorities said.

She had been at the center of a debate over euthanasia laws in recent years.

Aruna Shanbaug, 67, was in the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial Hospital, where she had worked and was sexually assaulted.

She had been suffering from pneumonia since last week and was on ventilator support, hospital spokesman VK Patil said.

Shanbaug had suffered severe brain damage and was paralyzed after she was attacked by the cleaner on November 27, 1973.

The nurse, who was 26 years old and planning to marry a...