Parents of 26-year-old doctor, Payal Tadvi who ended her life, allegedly after being subjected to casteist slurs by her senior colleagues, protested on Tuesday at the state-run hospital in Mumbai, where she worked.
Other protesters also joined Tadvi’s mother Abida and husband Salman, who demanded "strictest action" against the three seniors, who allegedly drove her to end her life by "torturing her by ragging and hurling casteist abuses at her.”
Protesters belonging to the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, and other Dalit and tribal organizations are holding protests outside the BYL Nair Hospital here over Tadvi's death.
"We want the government to intervene. The police are not taking any action. It is possible that Payal was murdered by the three women doctors," Salman said.
Expressing solidarity with the protesters and with Tadvi’s family, Bhim Army chief, Chandrashekhar Azad said he would visit Maharashtra if needed to "fight for justice for our younger sister.
The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has also taken cognizance of the matter, and issued a notice to the hospital authorities, demanding a reply within eight days on the action taken to implement the anti-ragging law.
The three women doctors at the hospital accused of driving Tadvi to suicide, have sought a "fair probe" in the case.
In a letter to the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), the three accused, Ankita Khandelwal, Hema Ahuja, and Bhakti Mehare said they want the college to conduct a fair investigation in the matter and "give justice" to them.
"This is not the way to do an investigation through police force and media pressure, without hearing our side," the three doctors said in the letter.
MARD has suspended the three doctors.
We have credible inputs that the three doctors made casteist remarks against Dr Payal Tadvi, who allegedly committed suicide. We will cooperate with the police for the further investigation, a senior MARD official said.
Tadvi committed suicide on May 22. Her family has alleged that the doctors taunted her for belonging to a Scheduled Tribe.
The three doctors have been booked under the Atrocities Act, the Anti-Ragging Act, the IT Act and, Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC.
Tadvi's mother had earlier said, that her daughter had called her up on May 22 about her alleged harassment.