A Committee Will be Set Up To Amend Ragging Rules After Mumbai Doctor Commits Suicide

After Payal Tadvi's suicide, who was a medical student at BYL Nair Hospital, Girish Mahajan, Maharashtra's Medical Education Minister will set up a committee comprising of MUHS and DMER.

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After a shocking incident where a post graduate student at BYL Nair Hospital commited suicide, the State Health Department will soon set a committee to amend rules and regulations on ragging. 

Payal Tadvi, a 26-year-old postgraduate student committed suicide after her seniors Dr. Hema Ahuja, Dr. Bhakti Mehar and Dr. Ankita Khandelwal allegedly harassed her with casteist remarks. 

Taking this case under consideration, Girish Mahajan, Maharashtra's Medical Education Minister has said that this unfortunate incident should not be repeated and therefore a committee comprising of Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), members of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) and Deans of Government Hospitals will be set up.

The case has shaken up the medical fraternity, with doctors taking to social media demanding justice for Tadvi and strict action against the three senior doctors to set an example

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Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) branch has suspended three doctors who were accused in this case, however, they haven't been arrested yet. Tadvi belonged to the Adivasi Tadvi Bhil community and was completing her post graduation in Nair Hospital where she had to share the room with the three accused. 

In 2018, Payal's mother had complained to the authorities after they started harassing her daughter, however, the authorities turned a deaf ear and did not take any concrete steps to curb the ragging. 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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