Speaking on the occasion of the second day of remembrance of institution inflicted suicide of Rohit Vemula, Nahas Mala (President, SIO of India) said that Rohit will remain an icon for all the resistance movements now and in future.His suicide was a political act, far more than a physical and emotional one which ignited new fires for the Dalit, minorities and other marginalised sections in India. It strengthened the visible emergence of the then marginalised Dalit communities into the mainstream space. And the future belongs to such political movements.”The fact that the very perpetrators against whom Rohit stood until his death are active and dominant in the social spaces proves that the struggle has a lot more distance to go” – he added.
He continued saying Even after Rohit Vemula case, unrest in the HCU, sedition cases against JNU students, the prejudice and bias against the marginalised sections continued. Najeeb’s disappearance from his hostel on October 15 after a brawl with ABVP members. Several incidents act as witness to the fact that there are some miscreants present in society who enjoy the sympathy of people in power. They spread communal hatred, assault the Dalits, the Adivasis, target Muslims, kidnap and kill innocents and propagate lies. This is challenging the internal security and law of the land.
Br. Nahas Mala demanded ‘Rohit Act’ be introduced and implemented which will ensure legislative protection for students from marginalised communities in higher educational institutions and said SIO observes Resistance Day to mark Rohit Vemula’s death anniversary in campuses across India.
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