A NURSE at K S Roy TB Government Hospital in Kolkata, allegedly harassed at work by her seniors, has committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Jadavpur railway station.
The family has claimed that the deceased, Mohua Patra (39), was depressed due to her work. On Monday, the police initiated a case under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC.
“The body was recovered by the local GRP on Sunday. Later, she was identified as Mohua Patra, a resident of Ibrahimpur Road in Jadavpur,” DCP (South Suburban Division) Vandana Varun Chandrashekhar said. GRP sources said the body was discovered on railway tracks between Jadavpur and Baghajatin around 5.15 am.
A source at the TB hospital said Mohua had recently come to know that she was being transferred to the Beliaghata ID Hospital. “She was upset,” the source added.
Police said Mohua’s husband Prabal Kanti Patra has alleged that before committing suicide, his wife had sent him an audio message on his cellphone, in which she had accused the hospital’s nursing super, Banashree Mondal, and a few others making her work under excessive pressure.
“The audio message has to be verified. The investigation is on,” said a police officer.
When contacted, Prabal Kanti said: “Mohua was under constant pressure. She was upset due to excessive work. She used to feel exhausted all the time.”
Sources said Mohua, a Thalassemia patient, had been sick for a long time and was under treatment. Around one month ago, she had rejoined duty at the TB hospital. “But she was forced to do night duty on a regular basis despite her health issues. Overwork, sleep deprivation and stress made her depressed,” said a relative.
A family friend, Asit Mondal, said: “On Saturday night, Mohua, her husband and their 14-year-old son had dinner together like any other day. While the father and son went to sleep, Mohua was busy with household work. When they woke up in the morning, they couldn’t find Mohua.”
“I went looking for her everywhere. When she didn’t return till evening, we filed a missing person’s report at Jadavpur police station,” said Prabal Kanti. The family later received a call from the police about her body being recovered from the tracks.
When contacted, TB hospital Superintendent Sharmila Mullick said: “We were shocked to hear about Mohua’s death. I had always found her to be a good employee and a nice girl.” Asked about her family’s allegations against the hospital, she said: “Duty hours of nurses and all departmental works are handled by the nursing department.”
When contacted, nursing department Super Banushree Mondal refused to comment.