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Sacked professor at top Patna medical college attempts suicide

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Patna, July 15, 2013
First Published: 18:52 IST(15/7/2013) | Last Updated: 18:56 IST(15/7/2013)

An ex-teacher at Patna's prestigious Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), who lost her job after she accused some doctors at the institute of sexual harassment, attempted suicide on Monday.

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Rupashree Dasgupta, former associate professor of nursing at IGIMS, cut the veins of her left wrist at her residence on the premises of the medical college-cum-hospital, located in the western part of the state capital.

Soon after cutting her veins, Dasgupta, 35, is understood to have called up a doctor, who immediately admitted her to IGIMS, where she is undergoing treatment.

The doctor also informed the IGIMS director, who, in turn, informed the Shastrinagar police station, under the jurisdiction of which IGIMS falls.

Police said Dasgupta was out of danger. According to latest reports, she had neither given any statement to the police nor had any suicide note been recovered from her residence.

"We are waiting to record her statement. DSP (Sachivalaya) had gone to meet her, but she said she would give a statement after her condition improved," said Patna SSP Manu Maharaj.

Dasgupta had caused a furore last year when she accused some top names among IGIMS doctors of sexual harassment.

She had also written letters to the chief minister, the Bihar human rights commission, national and state commissions for women, chief justice of the Patna high court and the Bihar DGP, among others, to take up her case.

In a letter dated September 24, 2012, addressed to the then health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, she had accused some doctors of sexual harassment. The IGIMS administration had denied the allegations.

Acting on her complaint, the Bihar human rights commission had taken up an inquiry through the health department but nothing came out of it, forcing her to go to court.

In court too, Dasgupta could not secure a favourable verdict. Thereafter, she was demoted and her service contract was not extended on its expiry.

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