Mumbai student ends life after being constantly taunted about her caste and admission through reserved quota

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Payal Tadvi, Medical Student in Mumbai with her parents in happier times
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Payal Tadvi, 26-year-old woman, who was pursuing second year MD in Gynaecology at BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai, hanged herself to death at the college hostel. The deceased committed suicide hours after performing two surgeries on Wednesday.

Tadvi’s parents have demanded that an FIR for abetment to suicide and ragging be registered besides sections under the Atrocities Act against three doctors at the hospital who allegedly tortured her to end her life.

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Abeda Tadvi, Payal’s mother said :

“Had the authorities acted swiftly and shown sensitivity, my daughter would have been alive today.”

Payal had joined the college on May 1, 2018 for her PG course. However, soon after, she was allegedly subjected to torture and ragging by the seniors.

Just a few hours before taking the drastic step, Dr Payal had discussed with her mother that she was unable to bear the torment from the trio, who have been absconding since they learned about her suicide. A case has been registered against them, which includes sections from the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Mumbai: Medical student commits suicide after casteist slurs by seniors

Her father Salim informed the media that the first six months were fine as some words had been exchanged between seniors and juniors, but Payal never thought it would lead to torture.

“As soon as it happened in December 2018, she told us about it. We discussed this with her husband, Dr. Salman [Tadvi], who said things like these keep happening and she should just ignore them.”

Despite ignoring such lose comments on her caste, Payal’s suffering did not end. She was constantly taunted about her caste and her admission to the course through the reserved quota. Abeda said,

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“We had started reporting this to the officials concerned. We had even met a lecturer and the hostel warden, who had called these three seniors and asked them not to behave this way with Payal.”

Salim added how the family came from a tribal category and that his daughter had worked tremendously hard to get a seat in the MBBS and PG courses.

“She was very hardworking and sensitive and it was her dream to work as a gynaecologist in rural areas. But all of those dreams have gone in vain.”

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“I want cops to punish these girls as well as officials who didn’t pay heed to her complaints and tried to sweep everything under the carpet.”

The seniors who allegedly drove Payal to commit suicide have been identified as as Dr. Hema Ahuja, Dr. Bhakti Mehar and Dr. Ankita Khandelwal. All three of them are currently not traceable.

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A case under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, and IT Act has been registered against the accused.

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