Rohith Vemula’s Dalit Status Still Hazy

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:13 PM IST
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New Delhi : Raising questions on Rohith Vemula’s Dalit status, a commission constituted by the HRD ministry after the Hyderabad university scholar’s death has said the material on record did not establish it and attributed his suicide to personal reasons.

The Justice Roopanwal Commission, in its report to the HRD ministry, has given a clean chit to Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya, sources said.

The University authorities too have been absolved of any blame for Vemula‘s death as the Commission has held that they were not working under political pressure. The Commission is learnt to have raised questions about Vemula’s caste status as a Dalit saying that there is no proof that his mother V Radhika belonged to “Mala” community.     The commission is learnt to have said that Vemula’s mother could have given the statement that she belonged to the ‘Mala’ community to support the caste certificate which was issued to Vemula.

The Commission in its report noted that Vemula‘s mother was not told the names of her biological parents by her foster family, according to the sources. It is therefore unlikely that she would have been told the caste of her biological parents, the Commission is understood to have said.

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