1. Maya is sister of dhara who is doctor.
  2. Maya is sister of dhara, who is doctor.

In both statements who is used for which person???

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    In UK, Canadian and US English the wording is wrong. It would have to be "Maya is the sister of Dhara, who is a doctor". This appears to be common enough in Indian English that it may be considered acceptable: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/57807/… – DJClayworth Feb 12 '19 at 16:16
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    The tag here is indian-english. I know nothing about that usage, so I'm unable to answer with any authority. (Otherwise, I'd say that both sentences are ungrammatical.) In the version without a comma, who specifically modifies Dhara. In the version with a comma, it's ambiguous—but, everything being equal, the assumption is that it modifies the closest noun: Dhara. – Jason Bassford Feb 13 '19 at 1:58
  • Honestly, even after growing up hearing Indian English, I can't tell. I personally feel as though the comma would make little difference and Dhara would be the doctor in both cases if someone said this to me in Indian English, but I have no logical reasoning to back it up. – Amin Shah Gilani Aug 31 '19 at 2:02

The relative pronoun, who, should refer directly to the antecedent. Note the position of the commas.

  1. Maya, who is the sister of Dhara, is a doctor.
    Maya [who has a sister called Dhara] is a doctor

  2. Maya is the sister of Dhara who is a doctor
    Maya has a sister (Dhara) who is a doctor


Maya is the sister of Dhara who is a doctor. --> Maya is a doctor here.
Maya is a sister of Dhara, who is a doctor. --> Dhara is a doctor in this case.

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