‘Won’t let you perform deliveries’: Tragic tale of tribal doctor Dr Payal Tadvi in Mumbai who committed suicide

The FIR reports stated that her seniors often threatened Dr Tadvi, saying she wouldn’t be allowed into operation theatres or allowed to perform deliveries. She was also mocked for being a tribal on WhatsApp groups.

  • DNA Web Team
  • May 26, 2019,

‘Won’t let you perform deliveries’: Tragic tale of tribal doctor in Mumbai who committed suicide 

A 26-year-old doctor committed suicide in a government-run hostel of the BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai central on May 22.

She had hung herself after facing harassment at the hands of three senior doctors. The police have booked three female senior docs named Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mahere and Ankita Khandelwal for the incident. They have been suspended. 

Payal Tadvi’s mother had reportedly lodged a formal complaint with the Nair hospital on May 10, and said no action was taken.

In a letter going viral on social media, Payal’s mother wrote that her three seniors were harassing her, and she was under immense mental stress.

Her mother also said that Payal was being harassed for being a tribal. An official of the TNMC said that the head of the department and the unit head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department had been issued showcause notices by the Dean.

The family claimed that even after her death, the Dean wouldn’t meet the victim’s mother, who often visited the hospital for cancer treatment.

The FIR reports stated that her seniors often threatened Dr Tadvi, saying she wouldn’t be allowed into operation theatres or allowed to perform deliveries. She was also mocked for being a tribal on WhatsApp groups.

Payal, the family claimed, had complained to lecturers and her hostel warden but no one paid heed.

1. ‘Ignored her ordeal’

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Her mother said that she spoke to her daughter at 4 PM on the day of her suicide and claimed that lecturers had ignored her ordeal. Payal, who is from Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, joined the PG course at Topiwala National Maedical College on May 1, 2018. Even in December 2018, she had informed her family about the harassment. Her husband Dr Salman had also complained to the department. He said that Payal’s unit was changed after the complaint but then she moved back to her old unit where the harassment started again. Payal, who hails from Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, joined the PG course in gynaecology at the Topiwala National Medical College, which is attached to the BYL Nair hospital on May 1, 2018. In December 2018, she informed her family about the harassment by her seniors.  

2. Maha govt cracks whip

Maha govt cracks whip

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Taking serious note of the recent suicide of 23-year-old doctor Dr Payal Tadvi, the state government has decided to form a committee at the state level to look into the anti-ragging mechanism in the medical college. The committee will help form fresh anti-ragging guidelines. Dr Tatyarao Lahane, director of Directorate Medical Education and Research (DMER), said, “The state government has ordered to form a committee to frame new rules and punishment related to ragging in medical colleges in the state. It is not an inquiry committee. A three-member committee, which comprises of the head of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Dr Dileep Mhaiskar, Vice-Chancellor of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), and dean of the local government hospitals, has been set-up to look into ragging mechanism in college.” Dr Kalyani Dongre, Central President of MARD, said, “We have decided to suspend all the three accused doctors from Maharashtra Association of Resident doctor until further notice. We have also demanded suspension of Head of Unit, Dr Yi Ching Ling for not taking action when Tadvi approached him with a complaint against the trio alleging harassment.” The anti-ragging committee of BYL Nair Hospital held a meeting on Thursday to investigate the matter. Another follow-up meeting will be held on Saturday.”Police officials in our anti-ragging committee have taken the matter under their jurisdiction. It was an internal issue, and we did not come to know about it from any of our resources. Had we known, we would have followed due procedure and Tadvi would not have taken this drastic step,” said Dr RN Bharmal, dean of Nair Hospital.