Radhika Vemula, the Dalit rights activist and the mother of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, whose death had sparked off countrywide protests in 2016, joined Rahul Gandhi in his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, Radhika Vemula walked alongside former Congress chief as the countrywide journey entered the Telangana capital.
“Extended solidarity to @bharatjodo Yatra, walked with @RahulGandhi, and called upon @INCIndia to save Constitution from BJP-RSS assault, Justice for Rohith Vemula, passing Rohith Act, increasing representation of Dalits, oppressed sections in higher judiciary, education for all,” tweeted Radhika Vemula.
Gandhi also posted photos with Radhika Vemula.
“Rohith Vemula is and will always remain the symbol of my struggle against social discrimination and injustice,” he wrote in Hindi. “I got renewed courage and strength to march towards the goal of this journey after meeting Rohith’s mother.”
Rohith Vemula, a PhD scholar at Hyderabad Central University and an activist of Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) had died by suicide on 17 January, 2016. In his suicide note, he had alleged caste-based discrimination, social boycott and harassment by the university. He and four other Dalit scholars had been suspended on the complaint of a leader of the Hindutva group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the Hindu militant group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.