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Caste discrimination: Medical student tries to commit suicide

Statesman News Service | Ahmedabad |

A medical student tried to commit suicide over caste discrimination harrassment by his seniors for more than a year at the BJ Medical College in Ahemddbad.

Dr M Mariraj who had come from Tamil Nadu for his Master of Surgery at the B J Medical College here had been suffering the harassment for more than a year, he decided to end his life by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

As many as nine doctors of the BJ Medical College have been booked under the Prevention of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act. They are likely to be arrested soon, the police said.

Mariraj had finished his MBBS degree from Tamil Nadu and got admission here in the MS under the All India Scheduled Caste quota three years back. Going was smooth initially, but the local doctors started treating him badly as soon as they came to know about his caste.

They didn’t allow him to conduct surgeries, treated him like a peon and asked him to serve tea to the seniors besides passing caste-oriented remarks, Dr Mariraj told the police.

The medical college and the accused doctors have refuted the allegations about caste discrimination and defended themselves by saying that Dr Mariraj is not yet fully trained to handle surgeries he wanted to conduct.

The police didn’t take the complaints seriously on the first day but booked the nine doctors only after some Dalit organisations held protest demonstrations at the hospital.
A similar caste controversy had erupted last week too when the only Dalit minister in the newly installed Vijay Rupani Cabinet, Ishwar Parmar was allotted an office in the Swarnim Sankul II, an annexe of the Swarnim Sankul I where other senior ministers have been accommodated.

However, Parmar himself blew over the controversy by saying that his office at the annexe building is only a temporary arrangement till a suitable room for him is being arranged in the main building.