Vemula was one of five Dalit students, all belonging to the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA), who had been suspended by the administration. The ‘suspension’ order allowed them to continue their studies in the university but denied them entry to the hostels, administration building and other common places in groups.
Reason for suspension:
An alleged clash between students belonging to the ASA and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), an affiliate of the right-wing Sangh Parivar. Direct involvement of MoS for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya for such punitive action against the students belonging to ASA.
On Sunday, the tyoung scholar decided to cut short both his protest and his life. His suicide note, which was posted on social media, states categorically that no one is responsible for his act, a statement ironic to its core.
Incidents like these are a continuous reminder to us and a testimony of how caste discrimination shadows institutions of higher education in our country.
Discrimination prevails just no on the basis of caste but also in various other forms and at various stages. This is the harsh reality of the institutional set up that we live in.
The police have registered cases against Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya, the University of Hyderabad Vice-Chancellor P. Appa Rao, and two ABVP activists on charges of abetment to suicide, and violation of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
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