Mumbai: Death gets the better of fight as Aruna Shanbaug, a Mumbai nurse who was raped in 1973 by a staff member at the hospital died after being in a coma for 42 years. She was 68 at the time of her death. Shanbaug was treated King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital. Since the last few days, her condition was going down the slide as she was suffering fro pneumonia and was kept on the ventilator.
She was 26 years old and a junior nurse at the hospital when Shanbaug was brutally assaulted and raped by a ward boy and cleaner named Sohanlal Bharta Valmiki, who she had scolded for stealing food that was meant for stray animals adopted by the hospital.She had just finished her shift, and was in the basement of the hospital changing before leaving for home. Her attacker had been lying in wait. He sodomized her and then strangled her with a dog chain, cutting supply of oxygen to her brain, which resulted in irreversible damage. She was discovered in the basement 11 hours after she was attacked, blinded and paralysed and with the iron chain around her neck