The mother and brother of Dalith student Rohith Vemula, whose suicide at Hyderbad Central University in January sparked protests at different parts of the country, converted to Buddhism in Mumbai on Thursday.
They embraced Buddhism on the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar, the Dalit icon and the principal architect of the Indian Constitution. The ceremony was held at noon at Ambedkar Bhavan in Dadar.
Rohith Vemula was found hanging in his hostel on January 17 even as he was banned from the campus and other areas over clashes with an activist from a students’ group. The students have since then protesting demanding justice for Vemula.