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Justice to Dr Payal Tadvi case | Seeking endorsements | Request Maharashtra Government to file review petition in Supreme Court

Dear Friends,

We come with disappointing news but also a call to action. The Supreme Court judgement dated Oct 8, 2020 has allowed the three accused doctors in the case of Dr Payal Tadvi’s suicide, Dr Ankita Khandelwal, Dr Bhakti Mehere and Dr Hema Ahuja to return to the Topiwala National Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital to complete their post graduate studies and residency. The anti-ragging committee report which indicted them has not been implemented, the Maharashtra Medical Council has not expedited its enquiry, the Bombay High Court has reinstated the license of the accused to practice and the criminal case in the suicide has not been expedited, all indicating failure of commitment to justice for Dr Payal Tadvi and many others who face institutionalised casteism.

In this context, we are making an appeal to Government of Maharashtra – the Ministers of Home; Medical Education; Higher Education and Technical Education; Social Justice and Special Assistance; and Tribal Development – to ensure the following expeditiously:

1. State of Maharashtra to immediately file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the aforementioned order, and appoint a Senior Criminal Lawyer to defend the review petition in the Supreme Court;

2. MUHS, BYL Nair Hospital and the Topiwala National Medical College (TNMC), Mumbai to expeditiously implement the recommendations of the Anti-ragging Committee and suspend the accused doctors from college report;

3. State of Maharashtra to ensure speedy justice delivery to Dr Payal Tadvi and her family.

4. Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) to restore the suspension of the two accused doctors who are registered with it as per the Maharashtra Council Act, 1965 and expedite the inquiry against them without any further delay;

5. State of Maharashtra to seek explanation from all the concerned offices, such as, MMC, MUHS, and the BYL Nair Hospital and TNMC, Mumbai for not taking required actions in response to the suicide of Dr Payal Tadvi which have seriously obstructed delivery of justice; and if needed seek concerned office bearers to resign to enable justice delivery.

Please endorse the letter and demands as organizations or individuals by 10 am, Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020. Do circulate widely for endorsements.

The link to the full statement and google form for endorsement is available here and the statement is also pasted below:

We look forward to your support.

Sandhya Gokhale ([email protected]), and Dr Meena Gopal, Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL- Maharashtra)

Dr Chayanika Shah ([email protected]), and Sujata Gothoskar, Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW), Mumbai

Dr Sunita Bandewar ([email protected]) and Dr Sanjay Nagral ([email protected]), Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES), Mumbai

Dr Amita Pitre, Vidhayak Trust, Pune

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