HYDERABAD: The Joint Action Committee for Social Justice of the University of Hyderabad will take out a march in New Delhi to demand justice for Rohith Vemula, the Dalit researcher who committed suicide at the university last month. The March will be held on February 23.
The committee that includes workers, cultural activists, intellectuals will rally from Ambedkar Bhavan to Jantar Mantar. The rally would be demanding for ‘Rohith Act’ to wipe out caste discrimination.
The JAC wants punishment for central ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya, vice chancellor Appa Rao, BJP legislator Ramchandra Rao, university official Alok Pandey and ABVP leader Sushil Kumar for what it calls ‘institutional murder’ of Rohith.
“It has been a month since the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula at the hands of BJP, ABVP and the HCU administration. Rohith was one of the five Dalit research scholars expelled from the hostel and faced social boycott for raising his voice against the injustice perpetrated by the fascist and Brahmanical forces in the country,” JAC said in a statement.
On Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the JAC said the government declared it ‘anti-national’ on the basis of fabricated intelligence reports, sensationalised news coverage and blatant conspiracy by the RSS-led BJP and ABVP.
It called for a united fight against the attempts to establish a fascist rule in the country.