In a tragic incident, a 28-year-old nurse – who was recently awarded COVID warrior for serving patients during the pandemic – died by suicide on Wednesday night. The nurse, who worked at Navsari Civil Hospital, has left a five-page suicide note in which she has leveled serious charges of harassment against her seniors. The body has been sent for post-mortem and Vijalpor police have launched an investigation into the case.
The body of the nurse, identified as Megha Acharya, was found hanging from the ceiling of her parent’s home at Jalaram Society in Jalalpur village late at night. The family came to know about the incident in the morning and found a suicide note from the room. The family informed the local police following the investigation has been started. The nurse was married and has left behind a son who is just one-year-old. The police has sent the suicide note to the FSL for handwriting analysis. According to family members, Megha was constantly harassed by seniors while on duty. “It became unbearable for her” and this is why she took the extreme step.
“We want police to carry out a free and fair investigation and find out the culprits responsible for her death,” family members said.
“We have at present registered a case under accidental death. In her suicide note, the nurse has accused two of her seniors of not giving her holiday for a doctor’s check up. She further claimed that she was discriminated against and was not given her scheduled off from duty,” Vejalpor police sub-inspector S F Goswami said.
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Commenting on the development, Civil hospital RMO Dr Kiran Shah said that Acharya shared a good rapport with her colleagues. “We have not got any complaint against her nor she ever said anything about anybody,” Shah added.
It must be noted that she was honoured as a COVID warrior for her dedication and service toward patients during the lockdown.
According to Iqbal Kadiwala, a Member of the Indian Nursing Council, strict action will be taken against those responsible for it.