Dalit vs non-Dalit: UoH lower-caste professors threaten to quit posts, attack Irani

, 10:16 AM IST

Hyderabad: Dalit Professors Of University of Hyderabad threaten to resigned from their posts against the injustices done with dalits in the University.

According to a NDTV report, the professors attack Smriti Irani and accused her of making “fabricated statements” and said she had “misrepresented facts” when she said that a panel which decided on punishment for Rohith and four other Dalit students, included Dalit faculty.

The professors said, “It is unfortunate that since its inception, no Dalit representation has been given in the executive council of the Hyderabad University,” they said, and accused the minister of trying to “mislead the country,” and “deflecting the issue to absolve her of responsibility.”

Rohith Vemula was found hanging in the University of Hyderabad hostel on Sunday after his suspension following an alleged clash with a leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which is affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the university on Tuesday.

The central government had on Wednesday said that this was not a “Dalit versus non-Dalit issue”.

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said there was a “malicious attempt to project it as a caste battle”. Another central minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, insisted he did not influence the university to suspend Rohith Vemula and four other students.