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Rohit Vemula's mother asked to prove she belongs to scheduled caste


Amaravati, Feb 14 (PTI): Guntur district collector has issued a notice to mother of Rohit Vemula, the University of Hyderabad research scholar who committed suicide in January last, asking her to prove she belonged to the Scheduled Caste.

The notice was part of ongoing inquiry into Rohit's caste, being conducted by the Revenue department following claims and counter-claims over his caste affiliation.

While one version says he belonged to the Backward Caste, 'Vaddera' (to which his father belonged), the other claimed he was from Scheduled Caste 'Mala' community (which his mother Radhika comes from).

Guntur district Collector Kantilal Dande, had, in fact, submitted a report to the National SC Commission last April, saying Rohit belonged to the SC.

However, a re-inquiry was ordered following petitions against the claims of the scholar's family.

As part of the re-inquiry, the revenue officials already spoke to Radhika and other family members, including her estranged husband and Rohit's father Mani Kumar.

Now, the Collector issued a notice to Radhika asking her to prove that she belonged to SC community.

The SC certificate issued for Rohit would be revoked if she did not prove her claim within 15 days, said the notice that was delivered three days ago.

Rohit had killed himself in a hostel room on the HU campus last year in Hyderabad, sparking a huge political slugfest.

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  • m, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    So now they are not dalits?
    All the natak done by everybody was a waste.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/M'lore/Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    What is the difference in being dalit or not,,,,oh very sad that dalits are not considered human beings under BJPee rule.

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  • m, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Oh, so all these days they were saying that dalits are prosecuted etc.
    Now we find that they were not dalit in the first place. Media should have investigated better before giving wrong news.
    Its better to remember that rohit vermula was suspended because they were protesting against the Death sentence of Yakub Memon who was convicted in the bomb blast case.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    And who decides after that poor mother presents all documents issued by the same authority to prove she belongs to schedule caste?. This exercise is only to prove she is not from schedule caste background by BJP. All the documents and records pertaining to this case in the govt. registered office has already been destroyed to prove that she is guilty. How cheap BJP can get?

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  • Mohammad, Kundapur/Qatar

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Stupidity at Peak,
    Does this District Collector didn't ask SMIRITI IRANI and MODIJI to Prove their Degree ?

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