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Video of Rohith Vemula asserting his Dalit status surfaces

india Updated: Oct 17, 2016 23:17 IST
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In the video, Vemula ‘describes himself as a Dalit from Guntur district’ (of Andhra Pradesh) and talks about his suspension, his studies. (HT photo)

A video, purportedly showing Hyderabad Central University (HCU) research scholar Rohith Vemula, claiming that he is a Dalit has gone viral, days after a judicial panel reportedly rejected his caste status in its probe report of his suicide.

In the video, Vemula ‘describes himself as a Dalit from Guntur district’ (of Andhra Pradesh) and talks about his suspension, his studies.

It appears to have been shot at a tent (named as ‘Dalit ghetto’) near the Shopcom area in HCU where Vemula and his other colleagues had stayed following their suspension.

After he committed suicide, Vemula’s family members, friends besides political parties alleged that he was a victim of caste discrimination.

Students, political parties and social groups had demanded that a ‘Rohith Act’ be brought to end the alleged discrimination in educational institutions against the students belonging to disadvantaged sections.

Students, political parties and social groups had demanded that a ‘Rohith Act’ be brought to end the alleged discrimination in educational institutions against the students belonging to disadvantaged sections.

The report also gave a clean chit to Union ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya besides absolving HCU authorities of any blame for Vemula’s death.