Mumbai: Soon new rules and regulations will be formed on ragging in Maharashtra for which the state health department will set up a committee to examine the current rules on ragging. This comes after a 23-year-old medical student from Nair Hospital committed suicide on May 22, after she was harassed by three senior doctors. Taking a serious note of this matter, Maharashtra’s medical education minister Girish Mahajan has swung into action stating, “A three-member committee will be set-up to examine the rules on ragging.”
Mahajan, said it was an unfortunate incident which should not be happened and stringent action should be taken for which soon committee will be formed. “The committee which will be formed comprised of member from the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), vice-chancellor of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) and dean of the government hospital,” said Mahajan. The student who committed suicide was from civic-run BYL Nair Hospital and pursuing Gynaecolgy. On May 22 she was found hanging by the ceiling fan in a hostel room. Three resident doctors have been booked by the Mumbai Police under various sections of the Atrocities and Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act of the IPC.
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 have been alleged by her relatives for harassing Dr Payal which nagged her for suicide,” stated a letter which was circulated by the organisation.