epa05116133 Members of the Aam Aadmi Party workers and other non-governmental organistations holds candle during a silent protest against Indian government, in Bangalore, India, 21 January 2016. Protests escalated in India over the hanging of a student in India, as police investigated allegations that his suicide was linked to discriminatory treatment by the university and a politician's possible involvement after Rohith Vemula, 26, hanged himself on the campus of Hyderabad Central University a couple of weeks after he was banned from university hostel facilities along with four other students. The banned students were all members of the Dalit community, formerly the untouchable, or lowest rank, in India's caste system. EPA/JAGADEESH NV

Indian student’s suicide reopens debate about caste system and treatment of Dalits, who are condemned to occupy lowest rung

Although caste lines are slowly fading in modern India, Dalits – who were once so looked down upon they were known as “untouchables” – say they continue to face discrimination and abuse at Indian universities.

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epa05116133 Members of the Aam Aadmi Party workers and other non-governmental organistations holds candle during a silent protest against Indian government, in Bangalore, India, 21 January 2016. Protests escalated in India over the hanging of a student in India, as police investigated allegations that his suicide was linked to discriminatory treatment by the university and a politician's possible involvement after Rohith Vemula, 26, hanged himself on the campus of Hyderabad Central University a couple of weeks after he was banned from university hostel facilities along with four other students. The banned students were all members of the Dalit community, formerly the untouchable, or lowest rank, in India's caste system. EPA/JAGADEESH NV
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