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Protests over Dalit suicide turn into national movement

28, Jan 2016

• 28 Jan 2016
• Hindustan Times (Mumbai)
• HT Correspondent [email protected]
NEW DELHI: Protests swe pt through several top universities across the country, including Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi where classes were suspended on Wednesday as the agitation over the death of a Dalit scholar turned into a movement against caste bias on campus.
The nationwide agitation came in the midst of widespread outrage over the suicide by Rohith Vemula at the University of Hyderabad, an incident which had turned into a political duel between the Congress-led Opposition and the BJP government at the Centre.
Students f rom JNU and Delhi University staged demonstrations at Jantar Mantar and demanded resignation of Union ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya as well as the Hyderabad university vice-chancellor, accused of abetting Rohith’s suicide. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members also joined the protests.

 

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