Payal Tadvi Suicide Case: Accused Doctors Write to Association to Listen to Their Side

Dr. Ahuja, Dr. Mehar, and Dr. Ankita Khandelwal have been booked for abetment to suicide and under sections of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Prevention of Atrocities Act

  • Payal Tadvi Suicide Case: Accused Doctors Write to Association to Listen to Their Side
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Payal Tadvi, a 26-year-old postgraduate student at Nair Hospital, committed suicide after her seniors Dr. Hema Ahuja, Dr. Bhakti Mehar and Dr. Ankita Khandelwal allegedly harassed her with casteist remarks.  After which, in order to set an example to promote an anti-ragging atmosphere, the State Health Department had decided to set a committee to amend rules and regulations on ragging. 

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) branch has suspended three doctors who were accused in this case, however, they haven't been arrested yet. 

Also Read: A Committee Will Be Set Up To Amend Ragging Rules After Mumbai Doctor Commits Suicide

In response, the accused doctors, on Monday, 27 May, wrote to the Association a letter stating,

"We want college to conduct a fair investigation. But this isn't the way to do investigation through the police force and media pressure without listening to our side.”

The letter further added, “If the heavy workload is given the name of ragging, then we all have been ragged or ragging someone while performing our basic duties, then all of us should be blamed as all the workload and pressure always transferred from our Seniors (Lecturer, AP, HOU & HOD) and Department.”

Here's the letter by the accused:

Dr. Ahuja, Dr. Mehar, and Dr. Ankita Khandelwal have been booked for abetment to suicide and under sections of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Prevention of Atrocities Act. However, the 3 accused have been sent notices by their dean.

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