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Social Justice Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Wednesday reiterated the government’s stand that Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide at Hyderabad University, was not a Dalit and the parties should not politicise his death.
“There is no question of this being a Dalit versus non-Dalit issue as Rohith and his family are OBC. They belong to the Vaddera caste. Now it is being said that his mother is a Dalit which is correct,” he said.
“But Rohith was born in 1990 and as per the facts that have emerged from the investigations, Rohith got his certificate made in July 2014 which states that he is a Dalit. So, the certificate was made after almost 25 years and he was living with his father till then,” he said. “So, the question here is why he didn’t get a certificate made before that and why he got a certificate made now?”
Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had also said that Vemula was not from the Scheduled Caste community.