Ahmedabad: A postgraduate student of BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad from the Dalit community attempted suicide on Friday night alleging harassment and discrimination by doctors and professors at the institute. The 30-year-old student, who originally hails from Tamil Nadu, is currently in stable condition at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.
In his complaint, the Master’s of Surgery student has accused nine doctors—Drs Utkarsh Shah, Nil Patel, Nina Shah, Pankaj Modi, Parth Dalal, Gunvant Rathod, Jayesh Parikh, Prashant Mehta and Vikram Mehta—of practising caste-based discrimination.
“I face caste-based discrimination every day, from each and every department professor,” the student said, adding that he would be assigned to surgery only if he would serve them tea. “In front of 50 people (they would say), ‘Go and get the tea, serve it to each and every one’.”
The student said he has filed a complaint with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), but his treatment at BJ Medical College has worsened since then.
The Shahibaug police has registered a complaint against the nine doctors under sections 294(b) and 114 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 3(1)(r), 3(1)(s), 3(1)(z-a)(E) of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. “We registered the complaint on Friday night against the accused and the investigation is being carried out by ACP (assistant commissioner of police) R.K. Gadhiya,” said inspector A.K. Patel of the Shahibaug police station.
Dr M.M. Prabhakar, medical superintendent of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, under which BJ Medical College falls, did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.