Friday, March 4, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit group moves SHRC against Botsa

Dalit group moves SHRC against Botsa
March 4th, 2011

March 3: The parents of Varalakshmi, an engineering student who
reportedly committed suicide over delay in fee reimbursement, and
members of the Indian Dalit Christian Rights on Thursday approached
the State Human Rights Commission demanding the registration of an
SC/ST atrocity case against Mr Rattaiah of the Vignan Engineering
College and the minister, Mr Botsa Satyanarayana.

In the petition, they said that Varalakshmi had joined the college by
paying Rs 18,000 towards library and bus fees as she came from a BPL
family. However, the college management had allegedly started
harassing her by insisting that she pay Rs 31,000.

When Varalakshmi maintained that she was entitled to fee
reimbursement, the college in-charge, Ms Aruna, pulled her up in front
of her classmates saying the scholarship was not sanctioned. According
to the petition, this allegedly led to the girl's suicide.

The activists said Mr Satyanaranaya misled the public by saying that
Varalakshmi's death was not a suicide but an accident that occurred
due to gas leak. They said the home minister, Ms Sabita Indra Reddy,
had personally called upon the family and admitted that it was a


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