‘Vemula not a dalit, reasons for suicide are personal’

rohit-vemulaHyderabad Central University scholar Rohit Vemula, who ended his life in February this yea, was not a dalit and the reasons for his suicide are purely personal, a commission of enquiry constituted by the Union Human Resources Development ministry has confirmed.
The Justice Roopanwal Commission, in its report to the HRD ministry, has given a clean chit to Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya.

The University authorities too have been absolved of any blame for Vemula’s death as the Commission has held that they were not working under political pressure, according to a report by PTI.
The Commission felt that Vemula has committed suicide because of his “personal frustrations”. The reasons are best known to him, it said.
The Commission is learnt to have raised questions about Vemula’s caste status as a dalit saying that there is no proof that his mother V Radhika belonged to “Mala” community. She faked the caste as she mentioned her caste as ‘vaddera’ in the caste column of her second son. Vaddera does not come under dalit category.

The Commission in its report noted that Vemula’s mother was not told the names of her biological parents by her foster family, according to the sources.

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