Dalit student from JNU commits suicide: When equality is denied, everything is denied, wrote J Muthukrishnan

Delhi: A 28-year-old student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) allegedly committed suicide due to depression in South Delhi's Munirka area on Monday evening.

According to ANI, DCP (south) Ishwar Singh said that since no suicide note was found, reason of death was unknown.

While police said he was depressed over personal issues, his friends shared his Facebook post in which he had alleged discrimination in MPhil and PhD admissions. 

The deceased student Muthukrishanan Jeevanantham, a resident of JNU's Jhelum hostel, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of a friend's residence.

Muthukrishanan, who was from Tamil Nadu's Salem district, completed his MPhil from the University of Hyderabad (UoH) in 2015 before joining JNU for his PhD. 

The Dalit JNU scholar had been at the forefront of the movement against the varsity's administration following the suicide of Rohith Vemula while at Hyderabad University. The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) is alleging that Krishnan was targeted for his association with the movement seeking justice for Rohith Vemula and depression made him take the extreme step.

While Krishnan has not left any suicide note, a recent Facebook post by him criticising "discriminatory" admission policies in JNU is being widely circulated on social media.

"There is no equality in MPhil/PhD Admission, there is no equality in viva voce, there is only denial of equality, denying Professor Sukhadeo Thorat recommendation, denying students protest places in ad-block, denying the education of the marginals. When equality is denied, everything is denied," Muthukrishnan wrote in his Facebook post.

"This was Krish's last post before committing suicide. Yet another Dalit PhD scholar's life is lost," said JNU student Ashish Pandey.

Muthukrishanan, known as Rajini Krish on Facebook, uploaded the post on 10 March alleging the inequality faced by Dalits in the university.

Police, on the other hand, is maintaining that no prima facie evidence has been found indicating JNU administration's role into the issue.

"Till now no evidence has been found that the extreme step was taken by the student owing to any issues at the university," said a senior police officer, adding, "he is said to have been depressed for sometime over some personal issues".

A PCR call was received at 5.05 pm on Monday that a person had locked himself in a room at a house in Munirka Vihar, said a senior police officer.

File photo of JNU student J Muthukrishanan. Image courtesy: Facebook/Rajini Krish

File photo of JNU student J Muthukrishanan. Image courtesy: Facebook/Rajini Krish

On reaching the spot, police forced open the door as a portion of the latch was uprooted from inside, he said. A young man was found hanging from the ceiling fan. The crime team was called at the spot and the scene was inspected and photographed.

The MPhil student is said to have gone out to have food at his friend's house and locked his room from inside after returning from there on the pretext of sleeping.

Police are trying to find the reason behind his taking the extreme step, a police officer said.

"We are deeply saddened as one of our fellow students has committed suicide at his friend's residence in Munirka Vihar just outside JNU campus. It's an irreparable loss. May the departed soul rest in peace," ABVP leader Saurabh Sharma said in a statement.

"Shame on Sangh-appointed VCs, Appa Rao an Jagadeesh Kumar, robbing universities of their bright students, robbing students of their dreams...JNU administration didn't inform Muthu Krishnan's family and JNU registrar refused to come to the hospital even after students asked him to come," Sheila Rashid, former vice-president of the JNU Student Union wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the JNU authorities are keeping mum over the incident, saying police is investigating the issue.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Mar 14, 2017 08:48 am | Updated Date: Mar 14, 2017 02:14 pm

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