Role of Caste in Son’s suicide in IISC, confirms father: Caste-Virus 003KT2007

20Oct07

SUICIDES ARE not new in Bangalore’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc), with academic pressure taking a toll on its researchers. But the suicide of 21-year-old Ajay Sree Chandra, a student from Andhra Pradesh, has thrown up allegations of caste bias, possibly for the first time in the institute.

Ever since the Biology student pursuing an integrated PhD hanged himself in his hostel room on August 27, rumours began to circulate that despite his competent work, Ajay was rejected time and again because he hailed from the “reservation category”. Ajay, who belonged to the Scheduled Caste Madiga community, hailed from Malipuram village in Nalgonda district. Staffers and students say faculty members “generally inclined against reserved category students” would make him feel he was far inferior to others in his batch. No one on campus is, however, willing to go on record about this. A student requesting anonymity says, “Apparently, Ajay had written a suicide note to his lecturer saying he was sorry for being absent for lab meetings, that he was not well. But he did not name anybody.”

Radhika from Tehelka team reports further…



One Response to “Role of Caste in Son’s suicide in IISC, confirms father: Caste-Virus 003KT2007”

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