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The Death of Merit

May 7, 2011

When a student from the lowest strata of society fights against all odds to prove her merit and reach the best educational institutions in India, are those institutions proving themselves meritorious enough to recognize her worth, to accommodate, let alone nurture her aspirations?

When a Dalit or Adivasi student becomes an engineer, doctor, business graduate or scientist, it should be a cause of pride for not just the family or the community but for the entire nation. Instead, why do our nation and its educational institutions reward their merit with discrimination, humiliation, violence and death?

In our efforts to document caste-based discrimination prevalent in Indian higher education system resulting in large number of suicides of Dalit students in Indian campuses we have produced and uploaded two documentaries on two different cases of Dalit students’ suicides in India’s premier institutions.


Dr Jaspreet Singh, 22 years,a student of Final Year, MBBS at Government Medical College, Chandigarh committed suicide on 27th Jan, 2008.

On March 3rd, 2010, another Dalit, Balmukund Bharti, final year MBBS student from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi committed suicide.

Read More

  • List of Dalit students committing suicides in India’s Premier Educational Institutions, (click here)
  • Report of Prof Thorat Committee on Caste Discrimination in AIIMS, New Delhi, (click here)
  • Report on Caste Discrimination in IIT Delhi,(click here)
  • An article ‘On Suicides, Caste and Higher Education‘,  (click here)

Media Coverage 

One Comment leave one →
  1. jonson permalink
    May 8, 2011 2:45 pm

    nature will punish them the reasons of that students sucide those person behind this…..its very bad….

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