Doctor from Mumbai killed herself over casteist slurs from seniors

A 23 year old doctor killed herself at a government hospital in Mumbai after  her seniors harassed her with casteist remarks. The doctor going by the name Payal Salman Tadvi was found dead in her room at BYL Nair Hospital on the 22nd of May, she was pursuing gynaecology.

The doctors that are accused of harassing Payal Tadvi are on the run, they are identified as Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehar and Ankita Khandilwal. The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors cancelled the accused memberships.

A senior police officer Deepak Kundal who noted the FIR ( First Information Report) said that the three doctors on the run would face a case under a stringent law, which gives no scope for bail, to protect Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from atrocities.

Payal Salman Tadvi’s mother has alleged that a written complaint was filed with the management of the institute, and the family was assured of the matter being looked into. Speaking to news agency ANI Ms. Tadvi’s mother said, “Whenever she used to speak to me on phone, she would say that these three (senior doctors) people torture her as she belongs to a tribal community, use casteist slurs on her. We want justice for her.”

BYL Nair Hospital’s dean Ramesh Bharmal denied the allegations he said, “Dr Payal’s mother’s claims that she had complained to the hospital about the alleged torture being meted out to her daughter are not true. We have received no complaint till date regarding this issue.”

Source : Various