Prof Lakshmi suspended, criminal cases to be registered

sandhya-raniProf VV Lakshmi, senior professor of Gynecology in Guntur Medical College has been suspended in the case relating to the suicide of B Sandhya Rani, a post graduate student.

A criminal case of abetment of suicide has also been slapped on her, AP minister for medical and health Mr. Kamineni Srinivas said.

Ms Lakhmi is still at large and police are hunting for her in AP, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu

Dr. Rani, a student of Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, allegedly committed suicide in her house on October 23. In her diary, Dr. Rani has reportedly narrated her ordeal of being harassed by Dr. Lakshmi.

Based on a complaint by her husband, Ch. Ravi, the Nagarampalem police registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against Dr. Lakshmi, and since then Dr. Lakshmi has been evading arrest. Special teams have been sent to Chennai and Puducherry, but they have failed to nab the accused.

With the protests by medical students getting shriller, the State government constituted a three-member committee to probe into allegations of harassment by Dr. Lakshmi. The committee interacted with several students and in its report, said that the allegations of harassment and bad mouthing students against Dr. Lakshmi were true.

Medaram Jathara

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