Dalit Student Suicide: FIR Against Minister, University Vice Chancellor

18/01/2016 3:07 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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An FIR has been filed against Union Minister of state for labour (independent charge) Bandaru Dattatreya under the SC/ST Act. Hyderabad Central University students had alleged that he wrote to the HRD ministry asking for the suspension of five research scholars, one of whom committed suicide Monday morning. The university vice chancellor Appa Rao Podile has also been named in the FIR.

According to reports, V Rohith, who committed suicide on Monday, had written to the V-C exactly a month ago, telling him that Dalit students were left with "no easy exit" except killing themselves.

"I request your highness to make preparations for the facility of 'Euthanasia' for students like me," he wrote, according to the letter accessed by CNN-IBN. "And I wish you and the campus rest in peace forever."

Even though Rohith had later, in his suicide letter, absolved everyone from blame for his final extreme step, other students in the campus as well as students in Delhi have protested his death, demanding punishment for Dattareya and the V-C.

Even as Jawaharlal Nehru University students protested outside the HRD ministry in Delhi on Monday, Smriti Irani, the Minister of Human Resource Development, has sent a two-memeber team to Hyderabad to investigate the incident.

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