Saturday, March 5, 2016

Anatomy of a suicide - Part-1


The following article was written for MyIndMakers . Pasting it here for reference. 

An unfortunate incident occurred in Hyderabad on the night of January 17. A student, Rohith Vemula, pursuing his PhD, committed suicide. Politicians and media was quick to pick it up. Protestors claim the student was a Dalit and therefore committed suicide because of severe discrimination due to his caste. Since then Birth certificate of Raja Chaitanya, Rohith’s brother has surfaced. In this certificate their caste is listed as Vaddera, which falls in the OBC category.

Then people on social media put up a long-form detail on everything that has transpired since a few months that might have led to this suicide. Since many people are lazy to read long-form article,The Hindu has given us a box item that captures some dates.