Rohit suicide case takes a political twist

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
New Delhi/Hyderabad

  • Several dalit students say they find it difficult to get a PhD guide
  • They claim that they face discrimination from their peers
  • Undeclared social boycott exists on university campus

Congress launches attackAICC vice president Rahul Gandhi launched a vitriolic attack on the BJP led NDA government accusing the Union Ministers and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad for not being fair thus forcing a dalit scholar to commit suicide. Addressing the students, Rahul Gandhi expressed solidarity with them and called for action against those responsible for Rohit’s suicide including the Vice Chancellor and the Union Ministers.

BSP demands sacking of union ministers:: Lucknow::Meanwhile Bahujan Samaj Party senior leader Swami Prasad Maurya in Lucknow demanded the sacking of the Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya along with vice chancellor P.Appa Rao. The party demanded that they should be booked under Section 302 of IPC.

Pune:: The FTII Students Association said in a statement that the students had been viciously targeted by the university administration and rightwing groups on a false complaint from Susheel Kumar, president of ABVP. It condemned the police action against students protesting after Rohit’s suicide and demanded the resignation of VC and union ministers. It further said that minority communities are attacked, voices of dissent are suppressed and Brahmancial ideology is imposed on cultural and educational spaces, it said.

New Delhi:: Noted writer Ashok Vajpeyi today returned his D.Litt given to him by Hyderabad University in protest against the anti-Dalit attitude of officials that allegedly drove a Dalit student to commit suicide. He said that a dalit student, Rohit Vemula who wanted to be a writer was driven to commit suicide due to anti-dalit and intolerance of dissent shown. I have decided to return the award in protest against university authorities, presumably/acting under political pressure’.

The State Human Rights Commission directed the Cyberabad Police Commissioner and the University of Hyderabad vice-chancellor to submit a detailed report by February on the suicide of PhD scholar Rohit Vemula following a petition failed by Telangana SC Cooperative Chairman Pidamarthi Ravi.

Two member team sent back The Joint Action Committee formed after dalit scholars were suspended from HCU hostel in December staged a protest against the two-member team sent by Union HRD ministry. The two members have arrived on Monday night and held discussions with the teaching and non-teaching staff. When the team visited the shopping complex where the five students were suspended where the scholars were staying for the past 16 days, one of the scholars spoke to the team and described the events preceded Rohit’s suicide. The JAC members raised slogans of ‘MHRD go back’ and forced the two members quit the place.

BJP rejects demand::Meanwhile, the BJP today rejected the demands for the resignation of the two Union Ministers. BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao tweeted that the issue was not one of atrocities on Dalits. ‘Suicide of Rohit Vemula has nothing to do with Dalit issues or rights just because he was a Dalit’. ‘It is unfortunate that Rahul Gandhi is doing politics over suicide. Congress has stooped to such a low, he said.

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