Kerala Health Minister Veena George has initiated an investigation into allegations of dowry harassment following the reported suicide of a 26-year-old female doctor in Thiruvananthapuram. The deceased, identified as Shahna, was a postgraduate student in the surgery department at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.
The Director of the Women and Child Development Department has been directed to provide a comprehensive report on the investigation into the dowry harassment accusations involving a male doctor at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.
Shahna was found dead at her rented apartment near the medical college on Tuesday morning, with her family asserting that the male doctor, whom she was considering marrying, demanded gold, land, and a BMW car as dowry. Allegedly, the marriage proposal was withdrawn when Shahna’s family couldn’t meet the dowry demands due to financial constraints.
On Wednesday, the chairperson of the Kerala Women’s Commission, Sathidevi, and other commission members visited Shahna’s family, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation. Sathidevi announced the Commission’s intention to request a report from the police regarding the actions taken in the case.
“If it’s established that the family of the prospective groom had demanded dowry, a case will be registered against them under the Prevention of Dowry Act,” stated the state women’s commission chief.
The accused doctor, a representative of the Medical PG Doctors Association, has been relieved of all responsibilities within the organization in light of the charges against him. The investigation seeks to uncover the truth behind the tragic incident and address the serious issue of dowry harassment.