Monday, June 3, 2019

Residency in India: Harassment, abuse and suicide

A few days ago, a resident committed suicide. One of us committed suicide.

In my opinion, it seems like the reason for the suicide was harassment, abuse, and excessive work load. If you ask any resident in any government hospital in Mumbai - they are all treated the same. The verbal abuse is probably different - They used casteist slurs for her. If you are privileged, they will call you different names.

How can we make sure this never happens again? Stop carrying forward the culture of abuse. It is high time. We have to fight the system. The past. The belief that it is okay just because it's residency. Don't look at how our seniors treated us but look at how we treat our juniors.

We need to treat each other better. Treat others how you would like to be treated yourself.

We need to help each other.

It is our fault that the life of an innocent was lost. It's because we didn't fight and we stayed silent when we saw abuse around us. We need to create awareness among medical students that will be joining residency. Let's talk about the abuse and how we can stop it. Residents should know who to report to without fear of negative consequences.

It will take time and it will probably not change in a day. But we are the future and we need to fight.



Rough transcript:
It is one of the saddest moments in the medical education history in India, but we can make it one of the defining moments.

A few days ago, a resident committed suicide. It seems like the reason for the suicide was harassment, abuse, and excessive work load. 

The culture of abuse should not be carried forward. It is high time. We have to fight the system. The past. The belief that it is okay just because it's residency. 

Don't look at how our seniors treated us but look at how we treat our juniors. We need to treat each other better. We need to break the cycle to make sure that this never happens again. 

It is our fault that the life of an innocent was lost. It's because we didn't fight and we stayed silent when we saw abuse around us. 

We should not turn a blind eye anymore. We have to teach the future generations to fight for their rights. They have to escalate their complaints if necessary. We have to create a stronger system. 

We need to be better. Let's make this profession that we love, the beautiful profession that it is. Medicine is wonderful and it doesn't have to be like this.

I ask you to join the fight for a better future. 

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