“My death may prove my innocence. DON’T HARASS INNOCENT DOCTORS. Please,” read the note left behind by Dr Archana Sharma, who died by suicide in Rajasthan’s Dausa district earlier this week. Dr. Archana Sharma is said to have hanged herself in a hospital room after being accused of medical incompetence and murder.
Dr Archana Sharma was booked under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code after a patient died on her table due to complications in her pregnancy. Dr Sharma was a practising doctor at a private hospital in Rajasthan’s Dausa district. The incident of being charged with Murder is said to have pushed her to take the extreme step on Tuesday.
She appealed in her note that her family should not be harassed after her death. And that harassment of innocent doctors has to be condemned and stopped.
On Wednesday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot hosted a high-level meeting at his home. The meeting ended with a decision to take strict actions against those who registered the case and abetted the doctor to commit suicide. “I’ve directed DG [director general of police] also. Police are doing a free and fair investigation. I also convened a meeting with officials and directed them to take necessary steps to stop these types of incidents,” said Ashok Ghelot.
Meanwhile, the removal of the Superintendent of Police heading the department of the case has been ordered. Along with that, the officer in charge of the Lalsot police station in Dausa has also been placed under suspension.
While expressing his concern and gratitude towards the profession Ashok Ghelot said, “If doctors are threatened in this manner, how will they be able to work at peace? We should all think how such treatment can be meted out to doctors who rendered their services by putting their lives at risk during the Corona pandemic or other diseases.” He assured that this matter is being dealt with utmost care and a thorough investigation is being done to make sure the accused are not spared.