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Discrimination against Dalits claims PHD scholar’s life at JNU

New Delhi, March 14, 2017 (PPI-OT): Discrimination against Dalits forced a PhD scholar of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to commit suicide in New Dehli, last night. An alumnus of the University of Hyderabad, the 27-year-old Dalit, Jeevanantham, was found hanging from the ceiling at his friend’s residence. Jeevanantham was from Tamil Nadu’s Salem district, and he completed his M.Phil from University of Hyderabad in 2015 before joining JNU.

The PhD student in his Facebook post on March 10 mentioned about discrimination against Dalits. “There is no Equality in MPhil/PhD Admission, there is no equality in Viva-voce; there is only denial of equality. When equality is denied everything is denied,” the post said.

Jeevanantham was active in the ‘Justice for Rohit Vemula’ movement last year and was a part of the Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) at the University of Hyderabad. PhD student Rohith Vemula had killed himself at the University of Hyderabad, last year, after caste-based discrimination, inciting protests across India.

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