Union HRD Minister orders for setting up of Judicial Commission on HCU student Rohit suicide case

Friday, January 22, 2016
New Delhi

Union Minister for Human Resources Development Smriti Irani today ordered for a judicial inquiry into the circumstances that led to the suicide of Ph.D dalit scholar Rohit Vemula.

The Judicial Commission will submit its report within three months. She expressed her condolences over telephone to the mother of Rohit. She said that an action plan is being made to address the problems that are being faced by minority community students. The decision of appointing a judicial committee came following a demand by the students that dalit students are being subjected to discrimination on the university campus and also a report submitted by two member fact finding committee that visited the HCU campus on January 22, 2016.

The Ministry has decided to set up a special mechanism for receiving and taking expeditious action on the grievances from these students. At the same time, all VCs and senior administrators would be sensitized to reach out to such students and there will be zero tolerance for any acts of discrimination on campus. A special charter will be issued to all the higher educational institutions in this regard, the statement said.

Rs.8 lakhs ex-gratia announced::Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Central University today announced a financial assistance of Rs.8 lakhs to the family members of Rohit.

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