Demand The Intervention Of Telangana Chief Minister In Resolving HCU Crisis
By Justice for HCU
15 June, 2016
Please sign this petition, and share with colleagues and allies. We are trying to strengthen efforts to push the Telangana Government to put an end to the escalating repression of Dalit students and faculty in HCU.
Earlier this year you may have heard about the wave of outrage expressed by academics, writers and artists from across the globe as they stood in solidarity with students at the University of Hyderabad (HCU), India. Many voices condemned the institutional murder of Dalit Student, Rohith Vemula, and the police atrocities, arrests, and withholding of water and food supplies from student dormitories at one of India's most renowned public universities.
Since then the crack down at HCU has continued unabated. Appa Rao Podile refuses to step down from his position as the University's Vice Chancellor despite the student body unanimously voting to have him removed. In recent days the police have begun targeted evictions of students from dormitories and from the Velivada (Dalit Ghetto) - the site of peaceful protest over the last five months. While students continue their vigilant opposition to these underhanded tactics, the state government has deflected all responsibility in the matter. Thus, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the formation of the Telangana State, we write to you with a request to help us hold Chief Minister, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) and other state legislators accountable. Demand their urgent intervention on behalf of HCU students.
Please endorse the petition to Telangana State officials by clicking here, and sharing widely. Let them know the international community is watching.
Thank you for your continued support.
Justice for HCU