Doctors at leading Indian hospitals called off a three week old strike against a government plan to reserve more college places for lower caste students, after the Supreme Court told them to resume their duties to ease patients' suffering.
The strike has crippled services at many state run hospitals throughout India. Medical students were also involved in the campaign, which became violent in New Delhi and Mumbai, where police caned doctors.
The protest began soon after the government announced in April that it would more than double the number of places in state funded colleges allocated to people of lower castes. The demonstrators said this would make it harder for upper caste students competing on merit to get places at federally funded medical, management, and engineering colleges and universities.
The court told the protestors that it would not stand for inconvenience to the general public, but it also asked the