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JNU: 27-year-old MPhil student commits suicide

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Source: deccanherald

In a shocking incident, a  research scholar of Delhi’s prominent Jawaharlal Nehru University allegedly committed suicide in Munirka in Delhi on Monday evening. The 27-year-old Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham was a former student of the University of Hyderabad.

Jeevanantham was found hanging in his room and the motives behind his death were not certain.  Jeevanantham was a native of Tamil Nadu’s Salem.

In one of his last Facebook posts, the student wrote about discrimination against Dalits. “When equality is denied everything is denied. There is no Equality in M.phil/PhD Admission, there is no equality in Viva – voce, there is only denial of equality…” reads the post said.

Jeevanantham finished his masters degree in history in 2012, and later completed his MPhil at the institute, said Sannaki Munna, a student leader of the University of Hyderabad.

“He also got admission to PhD (course) in our university, but his dream was to study at the JNU. When he got admission there after several attempts, he shifted there last year,” Munna told HT.

He also added that Jeevanantham was active in the ‘Justice for Rohit Vemula’ drive. He was also the part of the Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) at the University of Hyderabad.

The PhD student Rohith Vemula killed himself at the University of Hyderabad last January following an alleged caste-based discrimination. His case triggered a nationwide protest. Vemula was suspended by the university authorities for challenging the right-wing student’s group.