Judicial Commission to go into student suicide, protests on

Judicial Commission to go into student suicide, protests on

In a bid to defuse the raging controversy, the Centre today decided to set up a judicial commission to go into the dalit student's suicide in Hyderabad University, which announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs.8 lakh to his family but protests continued.

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence and expressed his grieve over the death of Rohith Vemula, the dalit scholar, seven students continued their indefinite hunger strike demanding removal of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya and the Vice Chancellor continued.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani sought to reach out to the family of the deceased student by speaking to  Rohith's mother over phone and assured her that justice will be done on the basis of a judicial inquiry.

On its part, the University sought to reach out to the agitating students when it announced an ex-gratia of Rs eight lakh to the grieving family of Rohith.

The announcement came a day after the university authorities revoked the suspension of four students, who were acted upon along with Rohith for allegedly assaulting an ABVP leader in August last year.

Based on the report by a fact-finding team, the HRD Ministry decided to set up a judicial commission to look into the sequence of events leading to the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a dalit scholar at the Hyderabad Central University.

The commission will submit its report within three months, said a ministry statement.
The two-member fact-finding committee comprising HRD officials, which visited the university, said in its report that there was a "lack of sensitivity" shown in some areas by the varsity authorities in dealing with events that led to the suicide. The committee gave its report today.

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