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 Soon the Anti-Ragging Act in Maha will be strengthened. The government is deliberating to toughen the act, after the unfortunate incident of Dr Payal Tadvi’s suicide at the hostel in Nair Hospital.

The committee will also look into the student-teacher relationship and communication aspect.

The members who are appointed to this committee are Praveen Dixit – Former DGP Maharashtra, Dr Sanjay Oak – former Dean KEM hospital, Advocate Amit Karkhanis, Dr Kalidas Çhavan, Registrar Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) and, Dr Ajay Chandanwale- Dean of J.J. Hospital.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Maharashtra Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan, said, “The preliminary report has concluded that Dr Payal Tadvi was subjected to ragging. It’s a very serious issue. The state is planning to strengthen the Anti-Ragging Act.  Hence, we are deliberating to form a committee under the chairmanship of Praveen Dixit to go see how we can strengthen the act.”

“The committee will also look into the larger picture of teacher-student relationship and communication,” Mahajan added.

The state has sent the file to the law and judiciary minister for the approval.

Dr Payal Tadvi, 26, a second-year postgraduate medical student attached to BYL Nair Hospital, allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room on May 22.

Her family alleged that three of her seniors — Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Meher and Ankita Khandelwal —ragged her and hurled casteist abuses at her, forcing Tadvi to take her life.

The three doctors, who were colleagues of Dr Payal Tadvi, were arrested by the Agripada Police on May 29 for allegedly causing Payal to commit suicide. All three are currently in judicial custody.

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