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PhD scholar at JNU commits suicide due to 'personal issues'

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 March 2017, 10:21 IST

A PhD scholar of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) allegedly committed suicide in the Munirka Vihar area on late on 13 March, 2017 evening .

An alumnus of the University of Hyderabad, the 27-year-old Dalit was found hanging from the ceiling at his friend's residence.

According to the Delhi Police, Jeevanantham was depressed over personal issues, though no suicide note was found near his body. There was no evidence that he killed himself due to any issues at the university.

Reportedly, Jeevanantham had come to his friends' house to have food. He later said he wanted to sleep and locked himself inside a room.

The PhD student, however, in his Facebook post on 10 March, 2017, mentioned about discrimination against Dalits.

"There is no Equality in M.Phil/PhD Admission, there is no equality in Viva-voce, there is only denial of equality. When equality is denied everything is denied," the post said.

Jeevanantham was active in the 'Justice for Rohit Vemula' movement in 2016 and was a part of the Ambedkar Students' Association (ASA) at the University of Hyderabad.

PhD student Rohith Vemula had killed himself at the University of Hyderabad after alleged caste-based discrimination, inciting protests across the country.


First published: 14 March 2017, 10:21 IST