A 66-year-old nurse, who was sexually assaulted and left in a vegetative state for more than 40 years, died on Monday, in a case that sparked national debate over the legalisation of euthanasia.
Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki - her rapist, who was later convicted and jailed, sodomised and strangled her with a dog chain - cutting off the oxygen supply to her brain and leaving her in a coma.
Walmiki served a seven-year jail term for assault and robbery - but was never convicted of sexual assault as sodomy was not considered rape at that time.
Walmiki attacked her in the hospital's basement as she was changing before leaving for home. Her bloodied body was discovered 11 hours later, the iron chain still wrapped around her neck.
While Aruna's name has made headlines every now and then, Sohanlal Walmiki has managed to vanish. The Newsminute writes, "Sohanlal walked free in 1980, but the hospital, jail, court and police files have no picture of his."
He went scot-free after seven years despite