MUMBAI: The third doctor accused of harassing medical student Payal Salman Tadvi was arrested by police on Wednesday.
All the three accused doctors in the case- Ankita Khandelwal, Bhakti Mehre and Hema Ahuja have been arrested and are likely to be produced before the court today. Mehre and Ahuja were arrested on Tuesday.
The three doctors were arrested for allegedly abetting the post-graduate medical student Tadvi, who belonged to the Scheduled Tribe community, to end her life on May 22. All the three accused doctors had denied the charges levelled against them by Payal’s mother Abeda Tadvi who claimed that her daughter had committed suicide after being unable to bear months of torture by the trio.
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The accused doctors have meanwhile written to the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) to ensure a “fair probe” into the issue. They have denied charges of harassment and “ragging” levelled against them by Payal’s family and have asked the doctor’s body to give them a fair chance to clear the allegations against them.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken a suo moto cognisance of the matter and written to the hospital administration, requesting to appraise with the action taken in the case.
“The NCW is deeply disturbed…It is a matter of serious concern,” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma wrote in the letter addressed to hospital director Dr Avinas Supe.
On Monday, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women had issued a notice to Dean of the BYL Nair Hospital seeking a report on the action taken in the case.
Earlier, the hospital administration of BLY Nair Hospital had formed an anti-ragging committee to probe the suicide.
The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has suspended the three doctors. The accused doctors, on Monday, wrote to the association urging to ensure ‘fair’ probe into the issue.