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Caste discrimination pushes junior doctor to die by suicide

Last week, a junior doctor, Bhargav Devangan, died by suicide in Madhya Pradesh - his family alleges it was due to caste discrimination.
Representative image of a noose -  a junior doctor died by suicide
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Last week, a junior doctor, Bhargav Devangan, died by suicide in Madhya Pradesh – his family alleges it was due to caste discrimination. The prolonged ragging over months from his seniors over caste and financial status pushed the junior doctor to suicide.


Seniors ragged junior doctor for caste, alleges family

Bhargav Devangan was a 29-year-old PG student in the orthopaedics stream at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College in Jabalpur, MP. Although he and his family have OBC certificates, Bhargav applied as a general category student in the college and joined on July 1. Despite this, five seniors made him a target of casteist remarks and general bullying. The seniors kicked and punched him when he slept too. On July 24, the junior doctors took pills to die by suicide, but was admitted to the hospital.

Then, he took a 40-day leave. Unfortunately, even after he was back, the seniors continued to bully him. He talked to his family about how he felt inferior to others. Complaints to the anti-ragging committee apparently made no difference either.

Friend finds body in hostel room

On October 1, he stopped picking up his family’s calls. Concerned, they asked a friend of his to check in on him. The friend had to break open the locked door and found that Bhargav, the junior doctor, had died by suicide.

After that on October 3, his brother Prahlad sent a letter to the Superintendent of Police, stating the college administration was responsible for the doctor’s death. The Garha police talked to the family and found out about the bullying. Additional SP Gopal Khandel reported that the police have henceforth been investigating the case and questioning staff and seniors of the medical college.

The police are yet to file an FIR.

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