Dalit scholar suicide: Writer Ashok Vajpeyi to return D.Litt

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New Delhi, Jan. 19 (ANI): The ‘Award Wapsi’ trend returned with writer Ashok Vajpeyi on Tuesday deciding to return his D. Litt honour conferred on him by Hyderabad University as a mark of protest against the University’s attitude towards a Dalit scholar’s suicide.

“Atmosphere of intolerance not only seems to be continuing, but rising. Incidents like Malda , replay of Muzaffarnagar, and now the University showing anti-Dalit attitude. So, I am returning the honour they bestowed on me,” Vajpeyi told ANI.

“Under present circumstances, I don’t think I can associate with Hyderabad University,” he added.

Vajpeyi had earlier returned the Sahitya Akademi Award in protest against the murder of renowned writer M.M. Kalburgi.

Rohith, a second-year research scholar of Science, Technology and Society Studies Department, and others were suspended from the hostel last year following allegations that they attacked Sushil Kumar after the screening of a controversial documentary ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai’.

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Earlier this month, five students were thrown out of the hostel after they accused the university authorities of denying them access to campus facilities, except their classrooms and workshops.

The 28-year-old victim from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district was found hanging at the hostel room of one of his friends around 7:30p.m. on Sunday. (ANI)

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