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Medical student commits suicide after casteist slurs by seniors

Tired of casteist slurs and mental harassment by seniors medical student Payal Salman Tadvi committed suicide


A 26-year-old doctor committed suicide at a hostel of the government-run BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central. The deceased named Payal Salman Tadvi hung herself after allegedly facing harassment at the hands of seniors.  The victim was suffering from depression as three of her senior colleagues harassed her with casteist remarks. Tadvi was the student of a post-graduate course in gynecology.

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Hours before Dr. Payal died, she told her mother Abeda that she was unable to bear the torment from the trio. The seniors have been absconding since they learned about her suicide. A case has been registered against three woman doctors – Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mahere and Ankita Khandelwal, which includes sections from the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

As reported by Mumbai Mirror, The three senior doctors allegedly made fun of Payal’s caste since she belonged to a reserved category. They also used to shame Payal Tadvi on WhatsApp groups of the students.

“All three were her seniors. She had even complained to the hospital authorities about the harassment. Her family members claim that Tadvi committed suicide since the college did not act against the senior doctors.”

A sad ending to a budding doctor.

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