Wednesday, January 18, 2017
On the first death anniversary of Rohit Vemula, protests rocked the University of Hyderabad on January 17, 2017.
Large gathering of students across the campus thronged Rohit Stupa, erected last year in his memory, police and security staff prevented the entry of more protesters into the campus by barricading all entrances to University of Hyderabad. Though the university authorities had denied permission for the event and had asked the HoDs of all Schools to conduct classes, student protesters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, JNU and Osmania University managed to get inside the campus well in advance. However, the classes were not disturbed.
Radhika Vemula who along with Raja Vemula (brother of Rohit Vemula) addressed them to never give up their lives. ‘You should stand and fight and never end your lives. Your mothers can help you if you in trouble. Confide in them always’, said Radhika.
The meet called Rohit Vemula Shahadath Din was inaugurated with students reading out the suicide note of Vemula. Leaders of NSUI and Students Islamic Organization too participated in the event. It may be recalled that Rohit Vemula death anniversary be observed as Dalits’ Rights Day’, demands mother .