Hyderabad: “The value of a man has diminished to the closest possibility to his direct identity. Vote. In numbers. In things. The man was never treated as a heart. Made of star dust. As a brilliant thing, in every field, research, street, politics, and dying life, “said Rohith Vemula, a doctoral student, the last to the world before committing suicide on this day six years ago. I said in words.
Vemula, a 26-year-old student at the University of Hyderabad, committed suicide on January 17, 2016 after being suspended from college with four others after receiving complaints from local forces at Akhil Bharatatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). did. , RSS Student Division.
Vemula’s death caused a national upset about casteism in higher education institutions.
Following a complaint from ABVP against ASA, the issue was handed over to former Human Resouse Development Minister Smriti Irani by Federal Minister Bandaru Dattatreya. Irani instructed the university to investigate the issue of student politics, after which Vemaul was suspended and his fellowship of Rupees 25,000 was withdrawn.
Vemula was suspended by UoH for “raising the issue under the banner of the Ambedkar Student Association (ASA)”.
When Belmura and others were kicked out of the hostel’s room and found difficult to manage without a grant, they set up a camp in the college’s shopping complex to protest the unjustified decision on a hunger strike.
On January 17, 2016, Bemura ended his life by leaving a traumatic note explaining his struggles and called his birth a fatal accident.
“My birth is my fatal accident. I can’t recover from my childhood loneliness. An unappreciated child from my past,” Bemal said in his suicide note.
Many students, activists and teachers have demanded that universities implement the “Rohis Act,” including members of the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice. The law will ensure protection for students in the community that has reached its limits in educational institutions.
In February 2016, the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) appointed Ashok Kumar Roopanwal, a former judge of the Allahabad High Court, to investigate the facts and circumstances leading to Bemura’s death.
A committee set up to investigate the deaths of Dalit students created anxiety among Bemura’s aspirants because it did not make up people in the minority community.
The Commission’s report, published on August 15, 2017, shook their beliefs in the judicial system and proved their suspicions correct. Bemura was reportedly a “problem individual” who committed suicide, not because of caste discrimination. The report also sought to prove that Bemura was not a Dalit.
“His suicide note is in the record that Rohis Bemura had his own problems and was not satisfied with the mundane things. He is frustrated for the reason best known to him. He wrote that there was no urgency to understand love, pain, life and death, but he was chasing them in a hurry. That is the activity he is doing around him. He also wrote that he was alone and unappreciated since he was a kid. This also shows his frustration, “the report said. Stated.
The report also tried to explain and blame the problems and problems of students who had reached their social and economic limits, defining the meaning of their failure and the weight it would push them to their limits.
“Failure has certain implications for these students. For many reasons,” stopping “and going home cannot feed a miserable poor family who bet everything for education. They are not a viable option for poor country students who may choose to die over the future they have to stare at. In many cases, they are also academic “toppers” of villages and communities, and the ignorance of returning as a failure will be intolerable. “
The report met protests by UoH teachers and students when protesters burned a copy of the report and launched a campaign for Vemula’s justice.
Vemura did not blame his death in his letter, saying, “This is my decision and I am the only one responsible for this. After I left, with this my friends and Don’t bother your enemies. “But the common people deny forgetting the injustices brought to Bemura and the community, even six years later.
The University of Hyderabad Ambedkar Student Association held an online event on January 17, 2022 to commemorate Bemura’s sixth anniversary of his death in the fight against caste discrimination and social boycotts.
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