New Delhi: The Bombay high court on Friday granted bail “on strict conditions” to three women doctors accused of abetting the suicide of Payal Tadvi, Bar&Bench reported. The three – Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehere and Ankita Khandelwal – have also been accused of ragging and caste discrimination.
This after the court on Tuesday pulled up the Maharashtra government over the delay in recording statements of key witnesses. According to reports, the court also questioned the state for their inaction against authorities who were aware of the ragging incidents Tadvi had been facing.
Twenty-six-year-old Tadvi, a second-year postgraduate medical student, died by suicide on May 22 – allegedly due to ragging and caste-based harassment.
A government-appointment panel had in June said in its report that while the doctor was ragged by three seniors, no conclusive evidence was found of caste-based harassment. The government’s report was issued despite the fact that internal investigation at the TN Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai, where Tadvi worked, found that she had been a victim of “extreme harassment”, including casteist remarks.
Her family had claimed that the doctors targeting Tadvi – who was from the Adivasi community – made comments like “these caste people don’t know anything” and that “she got admission through caste quota”.
According to an India Today report, the three will have to submit a bond of Rs 2 lakh and appear before the crime branch every alternate day. Additionally, they will also not be allowed to go inside Nair Hospital.
The three accused had moved the high court after a special court rejected their bail pleas on June 24.