An accused has been arrested in the case of Dr Payal Tadvi who allegedly ended her life 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.
Out of the three accused women doctors- Bhakti Mehere has been arrested, while Hema Ahuja and Ankit Khandelwal are still absconding.
A second-year resident doctor at the Nair Hospital's gynaecology department allegedly committed suicide on May 22. Her family asserted that she faced harassment and casteist slurs, furthermore her father even alleged murder while speaking to Republic TV.
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."
The deceased doctor belonged to the Adivasi Tadvi Bhil community, which is a Scheduled Tribe (ST)
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.
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.