The government has directed the Delhi Police to urgently file an FIR in the suicide of JNU scholar Muthu Krishnan, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Rajya Sabha today after several opposition members raised the issue of discrimination on campuses.
Sitharaman also said she had met family members and friends of the deceased student today and the government was also considering his father’s request for a job to his sisters.
During the Zero Hour, CPI leader D Raja raised the matter saying a Dalit student from Tamil Nadu had died in pathetic and “mysterious” circumstances and asked what was happening in the central universities of the country, he said.
Referring to the suicide of another scholar Rohith Vemula on the Hyderabad University campus earlier, Raja said that incident too had led to considerable outrage and alleged discrimination against the students of the weaker sections.
Several other members including DMK leaders Tiruchi Siva, Kanimozhi, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, JD(U)’s Ali Anwar Ansari expressed their anguish over the incident.
After many opposition members raised questions, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she had gone to the mortuary and met the father of the deceased student as well as his close friends, following which she met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to apprise him of the situation.
Admitting that an FIR had not been filed in the matter, Sitharaman said the government had directed the police to register a case by noon and provide a copy to the family members.
She added that the government had suggested to the police to include provisions related to prevention of atrocities against SC, ST students and abetment to suicide as well.
The students had asked why the provisions relating to prevention of atrocities against SCs and STs were not being invoked but the police was insisting that there was no specific complaint against someone who had committed such an offence, the minister told the House.
The government has recommended to the police that under the amended act, attempt should be made to invoke the provision, Sitharaman added.
(With inputs from PTI)