Close to two tears after his suicide, the inquiry commission on Wednesday revealed that the University of Hyderabad (UoH) student Rohit Vemula had committed suicide on his own violation and not because of the expulsion by the university.

The Ashok Kumar Roopanwal Commission report that was made public on Tuesday further said that Rohit Vemula was not a Dalit and the reason for his suicide was best known to him only.

The commission confirmed what had already been said by the HRD Ministry that Rohit Vemula was depressed with ‘worldly affairs’ and was struggling with his own problems which ultimately led him to take the extreme step.

“If he would have been angry with the decision of the university, certainly either he would have written in specific words or would have indicated in this regard. But he did not do the same. It shows that the circumstances prevailing in the university at that time were not the reasons for committing the suicide,” the report said, according to TOI.

The report also said that Rohit and his family branded themselves as Dalits to avail all the benefits of reservation.

However, the opposition parties termed the report an attempt to shield the university authorities in the suicide case.

Congress’ Madhu Goud Yaskhi said that the report was completely dictated by the HRD ministry and there should be an independent probe. However, the Centre has refuted all the allegations, claiming that Rohit was not a Dalit in the first place.

The controversy broke out on January 17, 2016 when Rohit Vemula, a student activist of the Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA), committed suicide in the university hostel. He hanged himself, leaving behind a suicide note which talked about his unfinished dreams.

First Published | 16 August 2017 11:08 AM
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