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Tribal student’s suicide sparks outrage

THE ASIAN AGE. | VRUSHALI PURANDARE
Published : May 28, 2019, 2:49 am IST
Updated : May 28, 2019, 2:49 am IST

The Democratic Youth Federation of India, among other organisations, has called for a stir on Tuesday from the hospital to the police station.

Members of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi protest against Nair Hospital’s management. They sought immediate arrest of culprits responsible for death of Payal Tadvi at Nair Hospital Gate in Mumbai Central. (Photo: Debasish Dey)
 Members of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi protest against Nair Hospital’s management. They sought immediate arrest of culprits responsible for death of Payal Tadvi at Nair Hospital Gate in Mumbai Central. (Photo: Debasish Dey)

Mumbai: Protests by students and organisations over the suicide of 26-year-old postgraduate medical student Payal Tadvi — a Muslim from the Tadvi Bhil tribal community — due to alleged casteist abuse at Mumbai civic body-run BYL Nair Hospital are gaining momentum.

Amid the mounting outrage, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women on Monday asked the dean of the hospital, Ramesh Bharmal, to submit a report in the case mentioning whether or not the Anti-ragging Act was effectively implemented in the institution.

 

The report, which also seeks information on “lack of communication” between the administration and students, is to be submitted within eight days, the Commission said. Several groups such as the tribal organisation Akhil Bhartiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad (ABAVP), the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and the All India Democratic Women’s Association and Just Associates (JASS) have staged protests at the hospital and demanded stringent action against the culprits.

The Democratic Youth Federation of India, among other organisations, has called for a stir on Tuesday from the hospital to the police station.

It has been five days since the suicide and the police is yet to arrest the three accused doctors — Ankita Khandelwal, Hema Ahuja and Bhakti Mehare — who allegedly abetted her suicide.

 

Lucky Jadhav, a member of the ABAVP said the tragic incident has sparked public outrage against the deep-rooted casteism and discrimination against the dalits, bahujans and adivasis in Indian organisations across the country.

“Why has no action been taken against the accused? Seeking justice is our birthright and we have to protest against injustice. It is shameful that despite our strong Constitution, such instances still occur,” he said.

Dr Kalyani Dongre, central president of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), said, “We have protested in our campus, demanding the suspension of the head of the obstetrics and gynaecology unit, Dr Yi Ching Ling for not taking action when Dr Tadvi approached him with a complaint against the trio.”

 

A social media campaign #JusticeForPayal has also seen prominent personalities demand justice for the deceased.

Accused write to MARD, demand fair probe, justice

The three accused doctors who are absconding — Dr Hema Ahuja, Dr Bhakti Mehere and Dr Ankita Khandelwal — have written to the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), demanding fair investigation and justice being rendered to them without police or media pressure.

Based on preliminary investigation, the Agripada police station Sunday registered a case against the three senior women doctors for abetment to suicide and ragging among others.

The MARD, too, suspended them. According to the police, the trio are absconding. After registering their statements Wednesday, the three haven’t appeared before the anti-ragging committee, either.

 

The letter written by these medicos reads, “You all are aware of the workload in residency and do you all really believe that burdening with work is ragging? If a heavy workload is termed as ragging, then we have all be ragged or have ragged someone while performing our basic duties. In that case, all of us should be blamed as all the workload and pressure is always transferred from our seniors (lecturer, AP, HOU and HOD) and department.”

The letter states, “We’ve been blamed for caste discrimination. Do you really think such allegations are true? Do we ever consider caste before treating patients? Are we really allotted work on the basis of our caste?”

 

The letter makes a plea for justice as all three are under immense pressure.

However, Dr Tadvi’s family has raised suspicion about the email saying, “If trio are true, then why are they absconding? The police should investigate fairly and reveal the truth as we want justice for Dr Tadvi.”

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