The suicide attempt by Moses Abraham, a research scholar of the University of Hyderabad (UoH), once again heated up the atmosphere on the campus on Friday evening, with the student community alleging discrimination of the marginalised sections by the university administration.
Abraham, 27, attempted suicide by slashing his wrist, allegedly unable to bear the humiliation meted out to him by his guide, Prof G Vaitheeshwaran.
On Saturday, students from the UoH Students Union and Ambedkar Students Association, held a rally to protest the incident.
While Abraham did not respond to repeated calls, UoH Joint Action Committee leaders said the student was a Dalit Christian and that he was a victim of discrimination by his research supervisor.
“He was allowed to attend seminars and asked the scholar to change his research subject all of a sudden. This might have caused depression in him,” JAC leader Sannaki Munna said.
University spokesman Prof Vipin Srivastava, however, told Hindustan Times that there was no caste angle.
“We do not know the reason why Abraham took the step. He was supposed to write an examination as part of the PhD programme on Monday and his supervisor was taking the class in the lab when the incident happened,” he said.
Srivastava said Abraham was not a boarder in the university hostel, but was staying in a separate room along with a friend outside the campus.
“The reason for his suicide attempt will be known only if he returns to the campus for classes,” Srivastava said.
The university hit the headlines in January when Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, ended his life alleging caste discrimination.