Dr Payal Tadvi suicide case: Charge sheet filed against 3 Accused Doctors
Mumbai: Two months after Dr Payal Tadvi, a junior doctor at a BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai ended her life following caste-based harassment, the Crime Branch has filed a charge sheet against three of her seniors accused of abetting her suicide.
The over 1,800-page charge sheet, filed before a special court, contains a copy of the three-page suicide note allegedly written by Payal Tadvi before hanging herself in hostel room.
The three accused doctors were arrested on May 29. They are lodged in jail under judicial custody since then.
Medical Dialogues recently reported about the unfortunate incident where the doctor has been identified as a 26-year-old PG medico Dr Payal Tadvi pursuing MD Gynecology from a well known BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai 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 castiest remarks.
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Following the complaint registered by the mother of the medico, the three accused doctors had been booked for abetment to suicide under relevant sections of IPC. The doctors were booked 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.
The trio has denied charges of caste-based harassment and claimed Dr Tadvi had merely been pulled up for not doing her duties properly.
The accused were booked under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities).
Mumbai police's Crime Branch, which probed the case that attracted a lot of public attention, has relied, among other evidence, on the three-page suicide note allegedly written by Dr Tadvi.
While the hard copy of the note has not been found yet, the Crime Branch claimed it retrieved photos of the suicide note from the medico's mobile phone.
According to the prosecution, the note clearly mentioned names of the three accused and the alleged harassment meted by them to the victim.
The purported suicide note described two major instances because of which Dr Payal Tadvi decided to kill herself.
The first incident took place on May 21, when the victim was pulled up for putting photos on social media along with her friends. The accused supposedly told the victim that she had time to take photos but not for doing her job.
The second incident occurred in the hospital's operation theatre on May 22, the day Payal Tadvi allegedly committed suicide. Payal Tadvi wrote in the note that she was insulted and shouted at by the three accused in front of other staff members for not doing her job properly.
The charge sheet contains statements of over 150 witnesses, including the hospital staff, other doctors and a few patients who were witness to the three accused shouting at the PG medico.
The witnesses also include the victim's friends, who said the three accused had made remarks about Dr Tadvi getting medical admission due to her caste.
After the special court, which handles SC/ST cases, rejected their bail petitions, the three doctors approached the Bombay High Court with their bail pleas, which will be heard on Thursday.