Smriti Irani orders judicial inquiry into Dalit scholar’s suicide

  • Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2016 18:39 IST
Students stage a protest against the suicide of a Dalit scholar at the Hyderabad Central University, in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

The ministry of human resource development on Friday ordered a judicial inquiry into the circumstances leading to the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula on the basis of the report of the fact-finding committee.

The fact-finding committee constituted by the HRD submitted its observations and findings on January 22, on the basis of which the ministry has decided to constitute a judicial commission of inquiry.

The judicial commission will review the entire sequence of events and circumstances leading to Vemula’s death in the context of the University of Hyderabad, and submit its report within three months, the HRD said.

The decision on who will head the judicial commission will be decided in consultation with the chief justice of Telangana at a later date.

Also, the ministry said, corrective measures to prevent such incidents in the future will be taken. including setting up a mentor system to help disadvantaged students.

Union minister Smriti Irani also met Vemula’s mother in the morning and conveyed the government’s support and share in her grief.

The latest move comes after protests intensified across the country over the death of Dalit scholat Vemula, who committed suicide by hanging himself in a hostel room on January 17.

Vemula, a second year PhD student at the University of Hyderabad, was among five research scholars who were suspended by the central university administration in August last year after being accused of assaulting a leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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