The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) branch have suspended three doctors from their organisation. After enquiries going on at various levels , we have found that the three resident doctors Dr Hema Ahuja , Dr Bhakti Mehare, Dr Ankita Khandelwal from OBGY dept have been alleged by her relatives for harassing Dr Payal that nagged her for suicide, stated a letter which was circulated by the organisation.
A condolence meet was also held inside the college’s auditorium. It was a sombre atmosphere as 450 doctors had gathered to pay tribute to their colleague and friend.
Dr Payal took this drastic step as she was being harassed by three senior doctors, she could not take it any longer and took this grave step. The Mumbai Police has booked the resident doctors and an investigation is underway.
Today, students assembled in the auditorium to grieve their friend. After this many students moved towards the campus where a few students had put her picture on a slab as a mark of remembrance. Students came forward, some visibly emotional with tears in their eyes and placed a candle in front of the picture.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Kalyani Dongre, Central President of MARD, said, “We Nair M.A.R.D, are suspending Dr Hema Ahuja, Dr Bhakti Mehare, Dr Ankita Khandelwal from Maharashtra Association of
Resident doctor (M.A.R.D) until further notice. Also, we have demanded for Suspension of Head of Unit, Dr Chingling for not taking prompt actions at the right time when she was approached by Dr Payal and her family with complaints.”
She added, “We highly condemn such acts and will not be tolerated. We along with central MARD are taking measures such as starting Sensitization-Orientation Program for 2nd and 3rd-year resident doctors and for 1st-year resident doctors respectively, along with providing helpline numbers. We will also hold frequent counselling sessions for our residents, to prevent such unfortunate incidents. We are saddened by the loss that we have sustained.”