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‘The torture continued’: Mumbai doctor’s chilling suicide note released

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Three medical students at Mumbai’s BYL Nair hospital mentally harassed, humiliated and ill-treated 26-year-old Payal Tadvi for months and ultimately drove her to take her life, according to her suicide note made public by the police on Thursday.

The three-page note, part of a 1,200-page charge sheet submitted by Mumbai Police, is a damning indictment of the three accused — Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal — who have been named in the letter as responsible for the suicide, and may be considered Tadvi’s dying declaration.

“I hold Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal responsible for condition of me and Snehal [fellow student Snehal Shinde],” read the note.

Tadvi, who belonged to the marginalised Tadvi-Bhil community, committed suicide on May 22 after months of alleged caste-based discrimination. Her death sent shock waves through India’s medical fraternity and Scheduled Caste (SC)-Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities. The three women were arrested a week later. Tadvi-Bhil is classified as an ST community in Maharashtra.

In the suicide note addressed to her mother and father, Tadvi says that she found no support in her department and no way out of the harassment. “I step into this college hoping I will get to learn under such good institute. But people started showing their colours. Initially me and Snehal didn’t come forward and said anything to anyone. The torture continued to the level that I could not bear. I complain against them but it showed no result,” the letter read.

“I have lost my professional life, personal life, everything because it has been declared by them that they will not let me learn anything until they are here in Nair,” she added in the note.

A recovered photograph of Tadvi’s suicide note and a forensic report confirming that the handwriting in the note was Tadvi’s are part of the charge sheet.

Tadvi said in the note that the three women blocked her education and posted her elsewhere in a bid to prevent her from getting experience as a gynecologist.

“I am prohibited from handling labour room from last 3 week because they don’t find me efficient. I have been asked to stay out of labour room during OPD [outpatient department] hours. Also they asked me to do HMIS [Health Management Information System] entry on computer they do not allow me check patients, all I am doing is clerical work,” the letter read.

Tadvi said despite putting in effort, her condition didn’t improve and it left her mentally disturbed. “Environment is not healthy to work and I’ve lost hope for anything to change cause I know it won’t. No output will come out if standing/speaking up for yourself,” she said in the note.

“I have tried a lot, come forward many times, spoke with madam about this but nothing has been done. I literally do not see anyway. I can only see THE END,” the note added.

The charge sheet detailed the testimony of Shinde, who told police that the trio of Ahuja, Mehare and Khandelwal demeaned Tadvi a day before she killed herself, and threatened action against her if she went to have dinner without completing the tasks the three women had given her. Manisha Lawate, a helper at Nair Hospital, told police that three months before the suicide, when Tadvi was on ward rounds, Ahuja came there and flung casteist slurs at her. Lawate claimed that Ahuja told Tadvi, “You’re not fit to deliver a child. How dare she stand equal to us.”

“The trio [Ahuja, Meher and Khandelwal] used to call me dumb and Tadvi oversmart and used to make fun of us,” Shinde said in her statement. She added that in May, Ahuja asked Tadvi and Shinde how much had they scored in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test and taunted them saying they got admission in medical course as they were from a reserved category.

On July 30, the Bombay high court will hear the bail plea of the three accused, who are facing charges of abetment of suicide and under the SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Abad Ponda, lawyer of the three accused, pointed out that the charge sheet filed by the prosecution relied heavily on the suicide note.

“The suicide note speaks about harassment meted out with regard to work. There is no whisper about caste or that the accused persons made remarks about the victim’s caste,” Ponda argued.

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Pleasant weather in Delhi, it will rain for the next two days.

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The weather pattern is changing in Delhi. The weather in the national capital has been pleasant since morning today (Wednesday). The wind is blowing between the movement of clouds, due to which the temperature has come down. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), it will be partly cloudy in Delhi today i.e. on September 14. Also, there may be light rain or drizzle with winds at some places.

After the rains on Monday in Delhi, there was a slight drop in the temperature on Tuesday and people got a slight respite from the sultry heat. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a change in the weather and light rain in Delhi-NCR from today i.e. Wednesday.

According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, there may be light rain in Delhi for the next two days from today. It will be cloudy and winds will blow at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. In Delhi today, September 14, the minimum temperature may be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature may remain 34 degree Celsius.

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Make Noida part of Delhi, AAP leader writes open letter to PM Modi

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Aam Aadmi Party’s Gautam Buddh Nagar region president Bhupendra Singh Jadaun has composed an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the incorporation of Noida inside the province of Delhi.

In the open letter dated September 12, posted from Jadaun’s twitter account, he has requested that Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has been giving essential conveniences, for example, water, power, schooling, wellbeing, and transport to individuals of Delhi, which the occupants of Gautam Buddh Nagar locale (Noida) have been denied of. “Very much like Delhi, individuals of Gautam Buddh Nagar ought to likewise have the option to get free power, good education, the advantages of Farishte scheme; the ladies inhabitants ought to have the option free transportation; senior residents ready to go on pilgrimage free of charge; and they are not made to go around different offices to get their Aadhaar card, ration card or driving permit,” the letter peruses.

Jadaun has expressed that the occupants of Noida ought to likewise get the option to choose their delegates in the neighborhood enterprises, very much like it occurs in Delhi. Further, the occupants living in metropolitan and country regions in the area ought to get the possession freedoms of their territory, while the people who live in alleged unlawful provinces ought to likewise get proprietorship privileges alongside essential conveniences like in Delhi, he said.

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New rule on free electricity in Delhi, subsidy will not be available without applying from today, CM Kejriwal announced

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made a big announcement. Now only those people will get electricity subsidy in Delhi, who will apply for it. The applications for this will start from today itself.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that some people do not want to take free electricity. In such a situation, now only those people in Delhi will get electricity subsidy who will apply for it.

Form to be filled

A form will come along with the electricity bill. The form has to be submitted to the electricity bill center. He said that we are issuing a number (7011311111). A missed call has to be made on this number. A message will come on a missed call. There will be a link in it. Which will open the form on WhatsApp. Messages will also be sent to those whose mobile numbers are registered. The number of people who will fill the form on 31 October. They will get the benefit of the scheme. On filling the form in the next month, the bill of the previous month will have to be submitted. He said that his government would run door-to-door awareness campaign regarding this.

The facility will be applicable from October 1

Arvind Kejriwal said, earlier there used to be a lot of electricity in Delhi. We fixed it. Now electricity is available 24 hours. Electricity is available free of cost in Delhi. The money saved by stopping corruption is giving convenience to the people. He told that there are 58 lakh consumers of electricity in Delhi, out of which 30 lakh electricity bills come to zero. Half the bills of 17 lakh consumers come. We will give subsidy to those who ask for subsidy. This facility will be applicable from 1st October.

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