Serious allegations have been leveled by the family of evidence tampering and deliberate slow investigation by the police of Dr Payal Tadvi who allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at the hostel of the BYL Nair hospital after being allegedly harassed by three senior medical students on the pretext of her social identity.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, the father of the deceased speculated a case of murder instead of a suicide for mounting pressure over her caste.
He said, "No actions have been taken by the Police ever since we filed a complaint. In return they ask me if I know about those three girls. How would I know? I last spoke to her last on May 17. I did not meet her as much, once or twice a month. I had told her on May 17 that I am coming and we will take a final decision. Even then I didn't know my daughter would do something like that. I think this is a murder. There should be an investigation."
Payal's husband, Dr. Salman Tadvi reiterating the speculation of an alleged murder, complained of inaction and added that the medical student was harassed over her social background and that she was subjected to mental pressure.
He said, "From the beginning she’s been harassed over caste. She’s been assaulted. From the beginning, she was going through mental pressure. We have complaint to hospital administration but no action has been taken. We want govt to intervene, police is not taking any action. It is possible Payal was murdered by the 3 women doctors."
Meanwhile, protests have been staged ever since May 27 outside the Nair Hospital in Mumbai and the hospital has suspended the head of its Gynaecology department, Dr Yi Ching Ling until further notice.
Ling along with the other three doctors suspended by Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) will not be allowed to take part in any activity in the hospital.
The deceased student, named Payal Salman Tadvi, was in depression as per the police after three of her senior colleagues allegedly used to harass her with castiest remarks, reported news agency PTI. A PG student of Gynaecology at the Nair Hospital, she committed suicide on May 22.
However, as a letter written by the three accused doctors to the president of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), the three of them have stated that "heavy workload" has been given the name of ragging, alleging that Payal Tadvi has committed suicide due to heavy workload and that they did not rag her. Signing the letter in the conclusion, all three of them have also stated that they want 'fair investigation in the case to give justice'.
"If heavy workload is given name of ragging, then we all have been ragged or ragging someone while performing our basic duties. We want to conduct a fair investigation to give justice," the letter reads.
(With ANI inputs)