AIIMS student attempts to kill self, accuses harassment by supervisor
New Delhi: A 36-year-old PhD student from the Microbiology department of AIIMS, who survived an attempted suicide, has accused his supervisor of mental harassment, abuse and delay in his fellowship. The incident sparked immediate protests by the PhD students of the premier institute who are demanding suspension and strict action against the accused supervisor.
The fifth year student had on Sunday attempted suicide at his residence in Gautam Nagar by taking overdose of drugs. The victim, according to an acquaintance, is right now admitted at the hospital's psychiatry ward for counselling. However, according to the police, they are yet to receive any formal complaint into the incident.
"Doctorate student Rajat Prakash was admitted to AIIMS after consuming sleeping pills," the police said. Notably, in his letter to AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, the student alleged that he was being mentally harassed and humiliated by the supervisor under whom he got registered in August 2013. "I have been under constant mental harassment and humiliation. She has again and again used filthy and abusive language in front of everyone. She scolds even when work is done correctly," the student said in a letter.
"My mental harassment is aggravated as she is not able to procure appropriate facilities, funds in the lab and makes no attempt to get the things done. Due to not holding of DCs in time, my fellowship is delayed and this puts me in additional financial problem and mental burden," the letter further reads.
He also claimed that some students, who also are undergoing PhD under the same guide, having contracted TB while working in the lab due to lack of proper equipment and personal protective accessories given to them.
"We are looking into the matter and the allegations made by the student. An inquiry into the incident will be conducted accordingly," a senior AIIMS official said. Preliminary enquiry conducted revealed that the patient is a student of PhD and was feeling harassed by his guide. He had taken sleeping pills. He is stable but still in AIIMS. No formal complaint received so far," Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police