Dr Payal Tadvi Suicide Case: 2 accused doctors exonerated by Maharashtra Human Rights Panel
Mumbai: Months after the suicide case of doctor Payal Tadvi, who allegedly faced caste-based harassment by three doctors for a year; the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) has recently given a clean chit to two doctors as Dr Tadvi's family failed to furnish documentary proof of written complaints.
As per a recent media report, the commission exonerated the two former department heads at the BYL Nair Hospital for the want of “linking evidence”. The commission mentioned that Dr Payal's family could not produce any documentary proof of written complaints to the two faculty heads against the ragging that she was facing. It further raised query over the lack of action by Dr Tadvi's family despite being aware of the gravity of the situation.
Medical Dialogues had extensively reported about the unfortunate case, wherein, the 26-year-old PG medico Dr Payal Tadvi pursuing MD Gynecology from a well known BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai had allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in her hostel room. The doctor was allegedly under depression as three of her senior colleagues allegedly used to harass her with casteist remarks.
A complaint was moved by the medico's family and a case against the trio was registered under section 306 (abetment for suicide) of the Indian penal code (IPC), sections of the SC/ST Atrocities Act, Anti-Ragging Act and Information Technology Act, 2000.
Later, the Bombay High Court had granted bail to three doctors and directed the trio to submit a surety of Rs 2 Lakh and appear before the crime branch every alternate day. The court had further directed them not to travel outside Mumbai without permission or go inside the BYL Nair Hospital, where Dr Tadvi had committed suicide.