Rohith Vemula suicide: Family to embrace Buddhism on Ambedkar Jayanti

Mumbai: The family of Dalith research scholar Rohith Vemula, whose suicide at Hyderbad Central University in January created a firestorm of protest, would be converting to Buddhism in Mumbai on Thursday, Babasaheb Ambedkar's grandson Prakash Ambedkar said on Wednesday.

Thursday is the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar, the Dalit icon and the principal architect of the Indian Constitution.

A file photo of Rohith Vemula. Twitter @akslal

A file photo of Rohith Vemula. Twitter @akslal

Rohith's mother and brother will be given "deeksha" by Buddhist monks, Prakash Ambedkar, a former MP, said.

The ceremony will be held at noon at Ambedkar Bhavan in Dadar here, he said.

"We have organised the deeksha ceremony as the family approached us," he added.

When contacted, Rohith's younger brother Raja Vemula said "it is true that we are going to embrace Buddhism. We are on the way to Mumbai."

Updated Date: Apr 13, 2016 22:02 PM

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