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I want justice for my son, says Rohith Vemula’s mother

Radhika Vemula, mother of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide at the Hyderabad Central University. File photo

Radhika Vemula, mother of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide at the Hyderabad Central University. File photo   | Photo Credit: NAGARA GOPAL

“Several leaders came. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came twice and consoled us. But there was no such response from the Prime Minister,” says Radhika Vemula.

>Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula on Thursday said she would continue her fight for justice for her son.

The grieving mother, who is yet to come to terms with her loss, said while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had come twice and consoled the family, there was no such response from the Prime Minister.

Ms. Vemula, who is in Thiruvananthapuram with her younger son Raju Vemula to take part in a meeting organised by the Indian Union Muslim League, wanted a legislation to ensure that no one in the country faces the same fate as that of her son.

“Several leaders came. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came two times and consoled us. But there was no such response from the Prime Minister,” she told PTI.

“We want justice. The persons responsible for Rohith’s death should be brought to justice”, she said, adding, “We do not want to name any persons — but you all know who they are.”

Mr. Raju Vemula, an MSc student, said they along with the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice (University of Hyderabad) would undertake a three-day ‘Delhi Chalo’ programme and a march to Parliament later this month.

He said that a campaign was going in campuses in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana for getting justice to Rohith Vemula.

To a question on reports that certain political parties have “hijacked” their agitation, Mr. Raju Vemula said it was a propaganda and false campaign by the BJP-RSS.

Kerala Ministers M.K. Muneer and A.P. Anil Kumar also met Ms. Radhika Vemula.

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