MUMBAI: Aruna Shanbaug, Mumbai nurse, who has been in coma for 42 years after she was raped by a hospital sweeper in 1973, is in critical condition and on ventilator support. 

A doctor at Kings Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai said, “Her condition is critical but stable as she is suffering from pneumonia. She was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit after she got difficulties in breathing.”

“The 67-year-old former nurse is on ventilator support but her condition is improving and the hospital is doing everything for her treatement,” said a doctor at the hospital. 

In November 1973, Shanbaug, who worked as a junior nurse KEM hospital, was brutally assaulted and raped by a hospital sweeper Sohanlal Bharta Valmiki. She was further choked with a dog chain by him.

In March 2011, The Supreme Court had rejected the petition filed by the author Pinki Virani who has written a book on Shanbaug titled ‘Aruna’s Story’, seeking mercy killing for Shanbaug. The hospital and nursing staff had also opposed the petition.