Rohith Vemula was not a Dalit but OBC, says Andhra government

The report says that Vemula, the research scholar from the University of Hyderabad whose suicide caused a nationwide stir on the issue of Dalit oppression, belongs to Other Backward Classes.

Rohith Vemula was not a Dalit but OBC, says Andhra government

The District Level Scrutiny Committee in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, which was reviewing Dalit status of Rohith Vemula, has submitted its final report to the government stating that neither Rohith Vemula nor his mother Radhika Vemula is Dalit. The Andhra Pradesh Government has now announced the mother-son duo of Other Backward Classes(OBC).

The report says that Vemula, the research scholar from the University of Hyderabad whose suicide caused a nationwide stir on the issue of Dalit oppression, belongs to Other Backward Classes.


According to a Hindustan Times report, the state government deemed the Scheduled Caste (SC) certificate "fraudulent" and stated that the certificate was acquired unfairly by Rohith and his mother Radhika Vemula.

Guntur District Collector Kantilal Dande has served a show cause notice to Radhika seeking clarification why she cannot be declared a part of the Vaddera community of the OBC category. She can claim to be a Dalit only on condition that she provides requisite documents in that regard within the next two weeks.

"Based on the DLSC report, we have decided to cancel the Dalit certificate fraudulently obtained by Rohith and his mother and declare them as belonging to OBC community. As part of the procedure, we have served a notice on Radhika to prove her claim of Dalit within 15 days. Otherwise, she and Rohith would be declared as OBCs,” Dande said.

Rohith's brother Raja Vemula confirmed the receipt of the notice served by the Guntur administration.

“They gave her two weeks’ time to prove that she indeed belonged to SC community and not an OBC. We are consulting our lawyers to study the notice and give a proper reply,” Raja said.

The University administration led by Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile, along with central BJP-led government, was accused of being anti-Dalit and discriminatory which led Rohith to take the ultimate step.

The Cyberabad police had registered cases against the Vice Chancellor, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, and others under SC/ST Act.

The Cyberabad police had been waiting for the final report from Guntur Collector on Rohith's caste status to finalise investigation in the case.