A section of students of AIIMS has set up a forum demanding a judicial inquiry into the alleged suicide by a first-year reserved category student in his hostel room earlier this month.
Members of the forum,Students Action Committee (SAC),said last weeks agitation had failed to address the issue of caste-based discrimination prevalent on the campus. Forum Convenor Mahendra Meena said,The students union called off the strike abruptly,without consulting all stakeholders. Their 12-point memorandum did not address the issue of caste-based discrimination or the issue of fixing responsibility for Anil Kumar Meenas death.
Meanwhile,students union representatives said they will resume the strike if their demands are not met. Tungish Bansal,president of the UG students union at AIIMS,said,Our strike has only been suspended. We will resume it if our demands for financial assistance to Anils family are not addressed as promised by March 16.
On March 3,Anil Kumar Meena (22),from Baran district in Rajasthan,was found hanging in his hostel room. The new forum is planning to give its list of three demands compensation for Anils family,a judicial inquiry into his death and immediate implementation of the Thorat Committee recommendations to the AIIMS director separately.
Insisting that the issue of caste-based discrimination on campus had long been ignored,Dr Ajay Soyal,former student of AIIMS and a member of SAC,said,In the past few years,we have seen four suicides two each of UG and PG students. All these students were reserved category students. A majority of students who fail and have to repeat their years are also from the reserved categories. Dont we see an issue here?