Caste in Medicine : castevirus 002CG2008

02Feb08

Caste bias: Medico ends life in Punjab

A fourth year student of MBBS at Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh committed suicide in the hospital premises on Sunday after he was allegedly harassed by two classmates and a teacher.

The body of 23-year-old, a resident of Sector 41, Chandigarh, was found hanging in the hospital’s library toilet.

He left a suicide note accusing two classmates of “harassing and demoralising” him. He also accused head of community medicine department Dr N K Goel of preventing him from taking the exams because he was a scheduled caste.

The police handed over the body to his family on Monday after a post-mortem examination. Sources said Jaspreet had tried to commit suicide earlier too but timely action saved him then. The police have booked both classmates and Goel on charges of abetting the suicide. However, no arrests were made as the suicide note would be examined first



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