Aruna Shanbaug case

1948 - 2015

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Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug (1 June 1948 – 18 May 2015), was an Indian nurse who was at the centre of attention in a court case on euthanasia after spending over 41 years in a vegetative state as a result of a sexual assault. In 1973, while working as a junior nurse at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Shanbaug was sexually assaulted by a hospital janitor, and remained in a vegetative state following the assault. On 24 January 2011, after Shanbaug had been in this state for 37 years, the Supreme Court of India responded to a plea for euthanasia filed by journalist Pinki Virani, setting up a medical panel to examine her. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aruna Shanbaug case has received more than 1,423,354 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Aruna Shanbaug case is the 686th most popular social activist, the 1,038th most popular biography from India and the 53rd most popular Indian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Aruna Shanbaug case ranks 686 out of 840Before her are Emily Murphy, Anna Howard Shaw, Lillian Ngoyi, Juliette Gordon Low, Norma Cruz, and Sumaira Abdulali. After her are Karina Pankievich, Yoani Sánchez, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Faiza Jama Mohamed, Wendell Phillips, and Walter Reuther.

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Among people born in 1948, Aruna Shanbaug case ranks 744Before her are Tino Insana, Slavko Obadov, Eladio Reyes, Leonid Levin, Charles D. Walker, and Paul LePage. After her are Joe Corrigan, Judith Miller, Hurley Haywood, Amani Abeid Karume, Kiyomi Kato, and Anthony Moore. Among people deceased in 2015, Aruna Shanbaug case ranks 517Before her are Walter Browne, Jayne Meadows, Charles Correa, Taylor Negron, Eugenie Clark, and Jonathan Crombie. After her are Alexander Melentyev, Jimmy Hill, Sinan Şamil Sam, Pedro Zerolo, Sandy Berger, and Irwin Keyes.

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Among people born in India, Aruna Shanbaug case ranks 1,038 out of 1,861Before her are Ravi Shastri (1962), Mohanlal (1960), Daler Mehndi (1967), Mahesh Babu (1975), Sumaira Abdulali (1961), and Nayantara Sahgal (1927). After her are Aditya Chopra (1971), Harkishan Singh Surjeet (1916), Meenakshi Seshadri (1963), Manohar Parrikar (1955), Esther Victoria Abraham (1916), and Ramanathan Krishnan (1937).


Among social activists born in India, Aruna Shanbaug case ranks 53Before her are Jamnalal Bajaj (1889), Nirmala Deshpande (1929), Jadav Payeng (1963), Rattanbai Jinnah (1900), Rajmohan Gandhi (1935), and Sumaira Abdulali (1961). After her are Stan Swamy (1937), Gauri Lankesh (1962), Irom Chanu Sharmila (1972), Manasi Pradhan (1962), Sunitha Krishnan (1972), and Laxmi Agarwal (1990).