DMCH Medical student suicide: Candlelight march held

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2014 21:34 IST

Family members of Supriya (27), who committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her room at the girls’ hostel at DMCH Ludhiana on September 29, and others on Sunday held a candlelight march at Bhogpur demanding registration of a case against the doctors responsible for her death.

Surpiya was a second-year student at the department of paediatrics at DMCH.

Supriya’s father Balwinder Singh, who is district health officer (DHO), Jalandhar, along with Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary, senior health officials, including the civil surgeon, the representatives of Wholesale Chemist Association, Indian Medical Association, ASHA workers, paramedical staff and students of Gian Sagar Medical College took part in the candle march.

They also blocked the Jalandhar-Bhogpur road for half an hour and chanted slogans against the DMCH authorities and the Ludhiana police.

They demanded registration of FIR under sections 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC immediately against two doctors who they said drove Supriya to end her life.

The family members have alleged that Supriya was harassed by her fellow doctors and seniors.
Dr Balwinder Singh said the Ludhiana police have not registered a case in this regard and they are yet to probe the allegations.

He said the police have closed the case file by merely registering a case under section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

Supriya had left a suicide note in which she had accused doctors and seniors of harassing her.
“Two of the doctors even did not sign Supriya’s project work,” he alleged.

MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary also demanded a fair inquiry by a senior-rank police official and said he will take up the issue with the state government to seek registration of a case, if needed.

Before starting the candlelight march, people paid tributes to the victim.

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