The room, a poignant reminder of the decades-long vigil by the hospital’s nursing staff, will soon be part of a state-of-the-art one-point crisis centre for sexual assault victims.
A commemorative programme was also organised in the hospital auditorium by the nursing staff.
Every time Aruna Shanbaug’s case made news, the world looked for her ‘rapist’.
Sohan Lal worked as a sweeper at the govt-run KEM hospital. He was arrested in 1973 on charges of robbery and attempt to kill Shanbaug.
A sweeper at the hospital, he brutally assaulted “didiji” Aruna Shanbaug, a nurse who remained in a vegetative state for 42 years, triggering a debate on euthanasia before her death.
It was in Mumbai that Aruna Shanbaug blossomed and found a new life, till its sudden end.
The award, which carries a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh, will be given to those working to stop violence against women.
On Tuesday, ashes from Shanbaug’s funeral pyre were kept on the nursing hostel’s ground floor’s reading room.
For now, her photo adorns the room that was opened for the media for the first time on Tuesday.
Aruna Shanbaug was brutally assaulted by the hospital’s ward boy in 1973 when she was a junior nurse and has been in a vegetative state ever since.
According to the court’s 2011 order, active euthanasia entails the use of lethal substances or forces to kill a person, while passive euthanasia, which it allowed in specific cases.
Pinki Virani, who moved the Supreme Court as Aruna Shanbaug’s “next friend” in 2011 pleading that the latter be allowed to die.
The Bhoiwada police station registered the case in 1973 before the Crime Branch took it up and arrested Walmiki from Pune within a week.
Court ruled passive euthanasia to Aruna Shanbaug only after the patient’s caregivers satisfy a court that life was more painful than death.
Nurse Samita Naik, who changed her diapers three times a day and took care she did not smell or look unclean, said Aruna liked devotional music and responded to the Gayatri Mantra.