The Second Chance Foundation Stands With the Students of the University of Hyderabad
The crisis triggered by the tragic suicide of Rohith Vemula has revealed the deep-seated casteism and brutality of the university’s administration. A constituency of the university’s students, who continue to demand accountability and justice for Rohith Vemula, held a massive protest on March 24th, as the university’s vice chancellor, Podile Appa Rao, silently entered the campus. A conflict broke out between the protesting students, the students of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (student branch of the Hindu rightwing RSS), and the university’s administration. Of course, the recent actions taken by the university and the police have left the students with much more to protest against: 30 unarmed students and 3 faculty members had been beaten by the police, and held in judicial custody for 1 week without electricity, food, or water as of the 24th. As students continue their demonstrations, supporters throughout the country maintain hope that the ongoing dispute will be handled in a peaceful and conciliatory manner.