Hyderabad: The world’s attention was drawn towards the suicide of Dalit research scholar of University of Hyderabad, Rohith Vemula, at the recently concluded 31st session of Human Rights Coun-cil of the United Nations.
According to sources, the issue is also expected to be raised in the British Parliament by the Labour Party headed by Jeremy Corbyn, who holds the honorary chair of Dalit Solidarity Network UK and is the leader of opposition in the UK Parliament. The issue is also expected to be raised in the European Parliament.
Mr Nitin Gangurde, state president of Fule Ambedkar Students Association from Maharashtra was invited by Liberation, a non-governmental Human Rights Organisation from United Kingdom, to speak at a debate session on ‘Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Forms of Intolerance’ on March 21, where he had raised the Rohith issue along with another issue on casteism from Rajasthan wherein a Dalit school student was beaten by his teacher for touching utensils meant for the mid-day meal scheme.
Mr Gangurde had said, “Rohith’s suicide over the ugly caste system in India had shocked the so-called secular India and brought to the fore discrimination against low caste Dalits and other marginalised communities in the educational system." Mr Gangurde had earlier spoken at the HRC on various other Dalit issues.