Expelled Dalit student of Hyderabad University hostel commits suicide

Expelled Dalit student of Hyderabad University hostel commits suicide

One of the five Dalit students expelled from hostels of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) management a fortnight ago here committed suicide on Sunday by hanging himself to a fan in hostel room following a heated argument with the rival student group.

Vemula Rohit a native of the Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh, a research scholar of Social sciences was expelled from the university hostel for reportedly being part of a fight between two student outfits of the Ambedkar Students Association and the ABVP.

In protest all the five students started living at a popular haunt on the campus as a mode of protest and refused to vacate the rooms.

All the five research scholars even started sleeping in the outdoor in cold protesting the attitude of the campus administration. Several student unions including the 800 member strong Ambedkar Students Union, Students Federation of India, National Students Union, Tribal Students Front ,Dalit Students Union, Students Islamic Organization, Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika, and Pehel joined the protest.

Following Rohit’s death the students organised a rally in the campus and demanded action against authorities.

As per the Ambedkar’s Students union’s press release the ostracisation of the Dalit students have began after the Union minister Bandaru Dattatrya’s intervention. “A strong recommendation from the BJP Union Minister Bandaru Dattatrya and subsequent communications from MHRD on the incidents related to Ambedkar Students Association versus ABVP on 3 August, 2015 has resulted in boycott of five Dalit Research Scholars of UoH.”

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