New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today reached Jantar Mantar to join protest by students who demand justice for Rohith Vemula, the Hyderabad research scholar who committed suicide last month.
Addressing the students, Rahul slammed RSS for muzzling the voice of students
He said," Rohith talked about future of India, but RSS doesn't support that but only support talking about past."
Demanding a law to end discrimination, Rahul said,"When I went to Hyderabad, I suggested that we need a law for Universities for ending discrimination."
"Our universities are being encroached upon. Rohith's voice was muzzled. We need a law which doesn't let students' voices in colleges and universities be stifled," he said.
"We need a law which doesn't let students' voices in colleges & universities be stifled,"he added.
Rohit Vemula's family is also present at the "Chalo Dilli" protest.
Vemula committed suicide inside University of Hyderabad hostel room on January 17 after being reportedly targeted by right wing organisations.
Delhi Chief Minsiter Arvind Kejriwal will also join protest to express solidarity with Rohith's family and to speak to the students.
He tweeted that he would go to Jantar Mantar to express solidarity with Rohith's family and to speak to the students.
Hundreds of students, including those from the Jawaharlal Nehru University joined the protest march organised under the banner of Joint Action Committee for Social Justice of University of Hyderabad from Ambedkar Bhawan to Jantar Mantar.
As the march began, protesters carried placards and shouted slogans demanding a "Rohit Act" to end caste discrimination in education.
"We have never seen such an anti-student government. The future of educational institutions is at stake," said an activist.
"This protest is for millions of Rohith Vemulas, Dalits, minorities and women who have been denied freedom of speech, expression and basic education," she added.