We the members of Ambedkarite Women Against Atrocities’, India (AWAA) condemn the wording of the report by retired judge K. Roopanwal, which indicates an attempt of defamation and character assassination of Radhika Vemula. Under the garb of fact finding the committee has done all efforts to find out the cast of Radhika and Rohit as the remarks were made by Mr. Roopanwal directly was an attack on Radhika’s character. The comments were not only just gender biased but insulting womanhood and her human rights to live with human dignity.
We protest against this discriminatory , biased report, we demand to file a case against Mr. Roopanwal to damage the dignity of Radhika Vemula by doing character assassinations and passed scurrilous remarks. We , Ambedkarite women from all over India demand a public apology from Mr. Roopanwal and a compensation following such a deplorable statement.
· This is in the context of the news was published on 6 th October 2016, in the Indian Express, was titled “ The whitewash: Probe alleges Rohith Vemula’s mother faked Dalit status, blames him for his suicide”.
· We find that the special efforts were made to disclose Mr. Roopnwal’s committee’s report through specific media because they wanted to shift entire matter to target Radhika Vemula and proving her caste as OBC would be an advantage for them to escape from the punishment under atrocity act.
· In this news according to the reporter that the one man commission was appointed whose mandate was to inquire into the facts and circumstances leading to Vemula’s death, review existing grievance mechanism for students at HCU and suggest improvements. But she did not take any cognizance of the fact that in the same month on 25th August 2016, another tribunal report was also published. The tribunal was organized by the concerned teachers, writers, and lawyers of Hyderabad. It was chaired by Justice K. Chandru, Retired judge High Court Madras. Prof Govardhan Wankhede, TISS, Bombay and Prof Ghanshyamdas Shah were the members. The brief to the tribunal was to examine the circumstances leading to the suicide committed by Rohit Vemula Chakravarthy, a Research Scholar as well as the police action subsequent to his death and the existing caste discrimination practiced by the University. And, to recommend among other things, besides protocols to enable marginalized students to fully participate and enjoy the academic, political and social space of the university more productively and effectively; and to examine the existing grievance redressal systems to prevent caste discrimination in the University of Hyderabad and evaluate their effectiveness. “
· We member of AWAA demand to disclose both the reports publicly through media and Government.
· We express our solidarity with Radhika Vemula and her kids as well as congratulate Ambedkar Student’s Association for it’s success in student’s elections. There are several efforts made by Government, University and narrow minded casteist people to supress women’s voice especially women from Dalit-Adivasi-OBC and minorities. Here we also demand to sustain and strengthen an act against Atrocities (SC/ST).
· AWAA is an all India level network of prominent individuals and organizations of women who beleive in Phule-Ambedkarite ideology. This was founded by social activists, writers and researchers like Lata Pratibha Madhukar (Lata P.M.) Ms. Abhinaya Ramesh in Maharashtra. It was very much supported by prominent socio-political activists, theoriticians, professors, artists, engineers, environmentalists, and writers from oter parts of India.
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In solidarity with Radhika Vemula and her family
Ambedkarite Women Against Atrocities’, India (AWAA)
Lata Pratibha Madhukar – (Lata P.M.), Researcher and Writer, Founder of ‘SAVITARA’:National Centre for Bahujan Gender Studies, and Stree Kathi, Pune, —firstname.lastname@example.org
Abhinaya Ramesh Kamble – (Abhinaya Ramesh), Associate Professor, Founder of Human Rights Network for Dalit Women in India, CDWS, and Editor of Confront- Mumbai–email@example.com