Dalit student commits suicide in UP
Anand Raj Singh
First Published : 01 Feb 2010 01:35:00 AM ISTLast Updated :
LUCKNOW: An FIR under provisions of the SC/ST Act and Section 306 of
the IPC has been lodged against three professors of the Chhatrapati
Sahu Ji Maharaj Medical University following suicide by a Dalit
student, who was allegedly failed for three consecutive years in the
subject of pharmacology.
The student, Sushil Chaudhary of Gorakhpur, failed in pharmacology
three times in a row, and after sending an SMS to his father, consumed
poison on Saturday night.
The incident came to light on Sunday.
In the SMS, Sushil had written that there had been sustained
discrimination against him and the failure in the same subject had
left him tired and he was ending his life.
His father Dhruva Nath Chaudhary said that Sushil had claimed several
times that the professors, Dr S K Das, Dr S P Singh and Dr K K Pant,
had conspired to fail him in the subject by giving three to five marks
only because of being a Dalit. Several of his friends corroborated the
However, kin of the deceased and Dalit sympathisers held sit-in at the
residence of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Saroj Choonamani Gopal, alleging
caste discrimination as the reason behind the suicide and threatened
not to perform the last rites of the victim until the arrest of the
missing professors. Dr Gopal, however, denied any discrimination
against the student.
The police had been accused of dillydallying the matter while the kin
were initially demanding registration of an FIR but by the time it was
registered, the protest had grown louder.
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