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Hemlata Gupta (died 2006) was an Indian medical doctor and the director and head of the department of medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College.[1] Gupta studied medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College (Delhi University) where she later became a director.[2] In 1998 the Government of India awarded Gupta the third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, for her contributions to medical science.[3] She was unmarried and lived in New Delhi when she was found murdered on 13 May 2006 at her residence in Karol Bagh.[4][5] After years of investigation, the case, which attracted media attention, remains unsolved.[6][7]

Hemlata Gupta
Died(2006-05-13)13 May 2006
Medical academic
Known forMedical academics
AwardsPadma Bhushan


Medical contributionsEdit

Gupta and colleagues published a study in an Indian medical journal about a rare case tuberculosis in the thyroid.[8] The article discusses the presentation of the patient, various tests used in diagnosis, a historical discussion of the case, and treatment methods.

Padma BhushanEdit

The Padma awards are given out in India every year on Republic Day, usually in quantities less than 120.[9] There are 3 classes of Padma awards, distinguishing the quality of service from distinguished to high order to exceptional. The Padma Bhushan is in the second category, recognizing public achievements of a high order in one's specified field. Awards are given in a variety of disciplines including art, civil service, sports, and literature. The public is able to make nominations and the Padma Awards Committee, Prime Minister, and President collaborate to make the final decision. The Awards Committee looks for life long achievement, public service, and excellence in their nominees. Gupta earned this prestigious award in 1998 in the medical category, receiving a certificate with the President's signature and a medallion.


Police found Gupta dead in her Prasad Nagar apartment with her hands tied by rope, her mouth, nose, and eyes covered with surgical tape, and her throat cut.[1][4] Neighbors reported seeing Gupta enter her apartment around 10:30 on the morning of her murder and seeing 2 male visitors present around the same time. Police arrived on the scene about an hour later, when neighbors seeking medical advice found her room unresponsive after extensive waiting.[5] Possible links to her murder revolve around her name oddly appearing in a newspaper marriage advertisement and her apartment in Vasant Kunj. Police found Gupta's apartment to be under ownership of individuals with forged documentation.[6] This case doesn't appear to be associated with robbery, as her jewelry collection and most of her possessions remained untouched, and remains unsolved by police.[4]

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  1. ^ "Lady Hardinge Medical College - About the College". ICS Careers. 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Doctor killed in home near police station". Times of India. 14 May 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Padambhushan lady doctor found murdered". The Tribune. 14 May 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b Singh, Karn Pratap (21 August 2012). "Tricksters try to grab dead Padma awardee's property". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  6. ^ Singh, Sumit Kumar (20 August 2012). "Land grabbers claim dead doc's house as their own". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  7. ^ Kumar Talwar, Vipin; Gupta, Hemlata; Kumar, Arvind (2003). "Isolated Tuberculosis Thyroiditis" (PDF). Journal, Indian Academy of Clinical Medicine. 4 (3): 238–239.
  8. ^ "About Padma Awards". Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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