Dalit woman doctor dies by suicide in Punjab, Family allege casteism

A Dalit woman doctor working as a trainee at the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Science and Research located in Amritsar died by suicide on 9 March.

26-year-old Pamposh, the deceased is a resident of Ramamandi in Jalandhar.

Her family has alleged that she was being subjected to casteist slurs by several doctors.

Her mother Kamlesh Rani has filed a complaint at the local police station in Vallah, after which and FIR a was filed against 10 people including two professors and four students under various sections of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act as well as for abetment to suicide.

In her compliant, Rani alleged that several doctors, including two professors, used to harass her daughter by hurling casteist slurs at her. Due to this, Pamposh was very disturbed, her mother claimed in the complaint.

“They used to threaten her that they will never let her become a doctor,” Rani alleged.

Pamposh complained to the Principal many times but to no avail, she said.