Watch: I am a Dalit, says Rohith Vemula in a video shot before he hanged himself

A video showing Hyderabad Central University (HCU) research scholar Rohith Vemula, who allegedly committed suicide in January, claiming that he is a Dalit has emerged on Monday.

The video went viral days after a judicial panel reportedly rejected his caste status in its probe report.

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In the video, appeared to have been shot at a tent (named as 'Dalit ghetto') near the Shopcom area in HCU where Vemula and his other colleagues had stayed following their suspension, Vemula talked about himself and his background. He is seen describing himself as a Dalit from Guntur district (of Andhra Pradesh) and that his mother raised him.

Vemula also talked about his suspension, his studies and students' activism in the video clip.

After he committed suicide, Vemula's family members, friends besides political parties alleged that he was a victim of caste discrimination.
Students, political parties and social groups had demanded that a 'Rohith Act' be brought to end the alleged discrimination in educational institutions against the students belonging to disadvantaged sections.

-with agency inputs

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