The death of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula has yet not seen complete obscurity from the govt’s vantage point as students are relentlessly demanding punitive action against the authorities involved in this controversial varsity case. Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani was today handed a clean chit in the case, declaring her extricated from the Dalit suicide case.
An HRD report on the University of Hyderabad scholar suicide case today concluded that the university itself was solely responsible for the death because they had allegedly man-handled the issue. It added that the HRD ministry had reminded the university and had not contributed towards any built-up of external pressure upon the university.
But students are staunchly unwilling to concede their demands to this explanation. Many of them out-rightly rejected the report saying that the ministers, Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya, were trying to escape from the issue by using the vice chancellor as a scapegoat.
The HRD ministry has put to blame the vice chancellor of University of Hyderabad for expulsion of the research scholar and for his eventual demise.
Asked about her take on the matter over the unrest after the death of her son, Radhika Vemula, said, “We are only asking why he was suspended and till now nobody’s answering us. Nobody has spoken to us from the govt or university and nobody’s telling me why he was punished. I want to know why they murdered him. I didn’t know he was suspended earlier.”
Meanwhile, the HRD ministry has put to recommendation two actions in the case to quell the anguish — declare compensation for Rohith’s family and re-examine issue by external body.
A body of students have declared an indefinite hunger strike until the Indian jurisprudence take action against the accused ministers.
First Published | 26 January 2016 11:02 PM