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‘We Will Intervene’: AIKS President Ashok Dhawale On Dr Payal Tadvi’s Suicide Following Casteist Harassment

Hours before she died, Tadvi told her mother that she was unable to bear the torment.

On May 25, Dr Ashok Dhawale, the president of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and Central Committee Member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) took to Twitter to promise an intervention on the Payal Tadvi suicide case. Dhawale said, “A very serious and disturbing case. We will intervene.”

Payal Salman Tadvi, a 26-year-old doctor, belonging to a tribal community, committed suicide on by hanging herself at the hostel of the government-run BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai on May 22 after facing casteist harassment from her seniors.

Hours before she died, Tadvi told her mother that she was unable to bear the torment and harassment.

Three of Tadvi’s senior colleagues — Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mahere and Ankita Khandelwal — allegedly used to harass her with casteist remarks, police said. They added that the accused doctors also used to defame Payal on WhatsApp groups of students. Tadvi, who hails from the Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, had 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 had informed her family about the harassment by her seniors.

Cops have since booked Ahuja, Mahere and Khandelwal for the incident. They have also been suspended from the hospital.

Per a News18 report, Abeda Tadvi, the victim’s mother, alleged that her daughter’s complaints to her lecturers were ignored. “I spoke to her around 4 pm that day, and she told me that she was being mentally tortured. She had complained to me earlier as well, and I had requested the lecturers to address the issue, but they ignored it. I also tried to meet the dean, but I was not allowed. I want justice for my daughter. The medical registration of the girls who harassed my daughter should be suspended,” she said.

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