Nursing students of AIIMS staged a protest at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, demanding that a hostel deputy superintendent be fired for allegedly harassing a third-year student, whose body was found hanging in her hostel room on Sunday.
While the student, Pallavi Grover, had not named anyone in her suicide note, fellow students claimed that the hostel official “repeatedly harassed and constantly demoralised Pallavi and other students”.
“We demand that the deputy superintendent be removed from the post immediately and arrested. She has been harassing Pallavi for quite some time because of which she ended her life,” a fourth-year nursing student claimed.
A nine-member committee headed by AIIMS dean Dr P K Jhulka has been appointed by the AIIMS director to inquire into these allegations.
However, members of students’ group AISA, who participated in the protest, said the matter was “too serious to be dealt by an internal committee”. “The Medical Council of India must intervene and conduct an impartial inquiry. We condemn the fact that no FIR has been filed,” Sucheta De, national president of AISA, said.
Pallavi’s parents too have made complains against the hostel official and demanded an impartial inquiry into the matter. Sources, however, said the AIIMS inquiry committee has not been given a written complaint by the Pallavi’s family, who claimed to have complained against the hostel official earlier as well.
Members of the committee will speak to Grover’s classmates, other teachers and the nursing superintendent before submitting its report in the next few days, which will be shared with police.
Meanwhile, police have not registered a case since a suicide note recovered from Pallavi’s room states that “no one is responsible for her death”.