Exactly about a year back, a piece of news came which shocked the entire nation resulting in a widespread outroar by most of the politicians and students.
Yes, We’re talking about the Rohit Vemula Suicide case.
Rohit Vemula is a 26-yr old Ph.D. student who hung himself last year due to caste discrimination.
The Epicenter being in Hyderabad, soon it spread all around the country as Dalit students took to the street to express their anguish against social discrimination by Caste.
It did resonate in the Parliament which triggered a war between political parties and the politicians making full use of this situation, politicized the matter.
If you haven’t been following the news, do not worry as we’ve got you covered.
1) Jan 17, 2016: Rohit Vemula Commits Suicide after protesting for a month against his suspension.
2)January 18, 2016: The Cyberabad police file FIR under the section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (Abetment to suicide) against the VC of the University, Minister for Labour, Bandaru Dattatreya and two ABVP Activists.
3)January 28, 2016: HRD minister Smriti Irani appoints a one-man judicial commission to investigate the case and to submit the report under 90 days.
4)March 22, 2016: After a long leave, HCU VC Appa Rao Podile is back, and he resumes office not caring about all these protests. He alleges that students broke furniture in his lodge. He asks for police intervention and students are beaten up by the police.
5)June 15, 2016: The NCSC (National Commission for Scheduled Castes) clarifies that indeed Vemula is a Dalit.
6)August 1, 2016: The Commission submits the report to the government. It said Vemula isn’t a Dalit and accused Vemula’s family of using Dalit status to avail special benefits.
7)December 21, 2016: Police is awaiting a reply from the Collector of Guntur District on the caste of Vemula to facilitate further investigation in the case
8)January 3, 2017: HCU VC Appa Rao is awarded for his outstanding contribution in the field of higher education.
9)January 13, 2017: The Government of Andhra Pradesh says Rohith wasn’t a Dalit. He instead belonged to OBC