The suicide of a female doctor in Rajasthan after she was accused of murder, has caused a wave of shock across the state and sparked protests even in the capital Delhi. Doctors have gone down the field, demanding action against the state police, who filed a murder case against Archana Sharma based on a complaint from the family of the patient, who died at her private hospital.
The woman died on Tuesday from bleeding shortly after giving birth at a private hospital in Dausa, Rajasthan.
Later, her family staged a demonstration outside the hospital and came out only after police filed a murder case against Dr Archana Sharma and her husband.
Police said Archana Sharma was upset with the demonstration and the filing of the First Information Report naming her.
The doctor – who manages the hospital with her husband – left a heartbreaking suicide note, in which she insisted she was innocent.
The patient, he wrote, died of postpartum hemorrhage despite efforts to save her. “Don’t bother an innocent doctor,” was his large message, written in capital letters. His death, he added, would prove his innocence.
In the handwritten note, she also asked the authorities not to harass her husband and two young children after her death.
Dr Sunil Upadhyay, the upset husband of Dr Archana Sharma, told NDTV: “There should be action against the police. How did they file a Section 302 (murder) case against him? There should be a law to stop harassing doctors and demanding money from them. My wife has died but what about other innocent doctors? “
The incident has sent shock waves through the medical community. The Rajasthan Indian Medical Association has called for a 24 -hour strike and a day of protests in the state.
In Delhi, AIIMS Resident doctors have planned a symbolic protest, wearing black ribbons.
The Coalition of Resident Doctors Associations also condemned the incident and called for stern action as well as demanding compensation for the doctors ’families.
Promising action in the case, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wrote on Twitter: “Dr Archana Sharma’s suicide incident is very sad. We regard doctors as gods. To save patients’ lives, every doctor tries his best, but in the event of any untoward incident, it’s not fair to blame doctors. “
The Chief Minister assured that a thorough investigation was underway into the incident and appropriate action would be taken after the investigation.