University action was not reason behind Rohith Vemula’s suicide: Report

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New Delhi, Aug 16, 2017: In a major revelation, the inquiry commission which was setup to probe Rohith Vemula suicide case on Tuesday confirmed that the PhD scholar at the University of Hyderabad did not commit suicide due to expulsion from the hostel.

The inquiry commission said Vermula’s action had nothing to do with the university’s action to expel him from the hostel, adding that it was personal reasons forced him to take the unfortunate step.

The report, made public on Tuesday, confirmed that Vermula was a “troubled individual” and was unhappy for several reasons. “His suicide note is on the record which shows that Rohith Vemula had his own problems and was not happy with worldly affairs,” said the report of the one-man judicial commission under former Allahabad high court judge Justice A K Roopanwal, set up by the HRD ministry.

“He was frustrated for the reasons best known to him…He also wrote that he was all alone from childhood and was an unappreciated man. This also indicates his frustration. He did not blame anybody for his suicide,” it added.

The report, by former Allahabad high court judge Justice AK Roopanwal, also said that then HRD minister Smriti Irani and BJP leader Bandaru Dattareya were not responsible for Vemula’s suicide.

Vemula and four of his Dalit friends were suspended by the university and expelled from the hostel following a violence with an ABVP leader. Protesters alleged that the action was taken at the behest of BJP leaders and Union ministers.

The report also states that Vemula was not a Dalit by caste. The case gained prominence as a “Dalit” issue as protests, mainly organised by Left groups, said that Vemula was a victim of oppression unleashed by the university and BJP leaders.

The report was submitted to the HRD ministry in August last year and made public on Tuesday.

Wefornews Bureau

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