Death sparks protests over caste-based harassment of Indian doctor

Protesters demanding justice for Dr Payal Tadvi outside BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday. Dr Tadvi had been constantly harassed by three upper-caste senior students.
Protesters demanding justice for Dr Payal Tadvi outside BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday. Dr Tadvi had been constantly harassed by three upper-caste senior students.PHOTO: NOLINA MINZ, ADIVASI RESURGENCE

School's inaction cited after young Indian doctor from tribal community hanged herself

The death of a young doctor from a backward tribal community at a Mumbai medical college has reignited concerns about caste-based harassment at Indian educational institutions and their lack of measures to address this problem.

Dr Payal Tadvi hanged herself last week at her hostel after repeated complaints from her and her family failed to elicit an adequate response from the institution to put a stop to her harassment by three upper-caste senior students.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2019, with the headline 'Death sparks protests over caste-based harassment'. Print Edition | Subscribe