New Delhi, Feb 14, 2017: In a major revelation, the District Level Scrutiny Committee in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh has submitted its final report to the government stating that neither Rohith Vemula, the research scholar of Hyderabad University who suicide in January 2016, nor his mother Radhika Vemula was a Dalit.
The panel is reviewing the Dalit status of Rohith Vemula.
The government has also decided to cancel the SC certificate “fraudulently” obtained by both son and mother, reports said. The government also served a show cause notice on Radhika as to why she cannot be declared as belonging to the Vaddera community, which falls under the Other Backward Caste (OBC) category.
On 17th January 2016, the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula, in Hyderabad Central University campus, racked up countrywide outrage and protests. The political leaders from all parties assembled at the campus demanding justice for Rohith.
Earlier, on Rohith’s death anniversary, Radhika had alleged that “Governments are desperate to declare Rohit as Other Backward Class (OBC). After my son’s demise… they are now behind me. They want to declare my son as OBC. I know what humiliation I have undergone being Dalit in the society.”
She was addressing a group of students as part of the ‘Shahadat Din’ organized at the main entrance gate of University of Hyderabad (UoH) here. Rohith was found hanging in a hostel room on UoH campus.
Mother of Rohith also questioned why there was a delay in arresting the accused, including UoH Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and others, who have been booked under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and for abetment of Rohith’s suicide.