The Payal Tadvi suicide case has been in the court since May 22, 2019. This is when a master’s student of Obstetrics and Gynecology at BYL Nair Hospital died of suicide. The suicide came as a result of harassment from three of her seniors at the institution. She hailed from the scheduled Muslim Tadvi Bhil tribe from Maharashtra state. The Bombay high court earlier restrained the accused women to go back to college and continue their work. However, on Thursday, October 8, 2020, the Supreme Court permitted three female doctors to return to college and pursue their graduate studies.
Payal Tadvi suicide updates: The SC gave its pursuit remark on Thursday
The three lady doctors who will go back to college have completed their two years of three. So, the Supreme Court permitted them to pursue the remaining year at Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai. The Bombay High Court bailed them last year in August, however, it restrained them to approach the police station and the college concerned in the case. The SC bench headed by Justice UU Lalit opined that education must not form as a hindrance to them. Hence, they gave the green signal to go back to college. However, they will not influence anyone else, especially the witnesses of the case. They will also present themselves in a trial court whenever they are called there.
The prosecution process has hindered their professional career, so, the Supreme Court ruled out this. Justices Vineet Saran and Ajay Rastogi said in a statement. “Any adverse impact will negate their rights under Article 21 of the Constitution. The state apparatus must facilitate such pursuits rather than hamper any attempts in that behalf. The appellants, hence, are entitled to continue their courses of study to the caveat expressed.”
The reaction to this and what awaits?
The mother of Payal Tadvi, Abeda, however, opposed the decision. She thinks that when they will go back, it is very easy for them to influence others in college. This will go against the system of justice for the Payal Tadvi suicide case. Lawyer Indira Jaising has been voicing the opposing pleas of the victim’s mother. The three accused doctors, namely, Bhakti Mahare, Ankita Khandelwal, and Hema Ahuja, are under restrictions, nonetheless. The court also restricted their entry in the residential quarters without the dean’s permission. They will go back to college and hospital to study, however, the Court has not permitted any additional stay.