22 January, 2021

Killing Hope! Why Dr Payal Tadvi's Suicide Is No Less Than A Murder

Dr Payal Tadvi was allegedly harassed by her seniors at Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai. From Jalgaon district, she would have been the first specialist, a post-graduate doctor from the Tadvi Muslim Bhil community

Protests in Mumbai after Dr Payal Tadvi’s death
Photograph by PTI
Killing Hope! Why Dr Payal Tadvi's Suicide Is No Less Than A Murder

Dr Payal Tadvi’s Facebook cover photo is a portrait of hope—five girls facing the ocean, hands stre­tched skywards. Her last event update on the site is that of joining the gynaecology department at the Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai last year. She was found  han­ging from the ceiling fan in her hostel room on May 22 after allegedly facing caste harassment from her seniors. Dr Tadvi was from the Tadvi Muslim Bhil scheduled tribe community.

Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal, all of Dr Tadvi’s seniors who allegedly harassed her for months, have been charged with abetment to suicide. The case has been handed over to Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch. Many are calling this an instance of institutional murder and there has been outrage on social media. Reports say that the hospital autho­rities were informed about Dr Tadvi’s harassment but they didn’t act on it. Salman Tadvi, Payal’s husband, had filed a verbal complaint with her department head on May 13, nine days before her death. Dr...



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