An inquiry committee, which was set up by the IIT Bombay administration, to investigate the Darshan Solanki suicide case has ruled out caste discrimination as the reason for the suicide.
The findings of the internal panel believe that “deteriorating academic performance” is a possible cause behind his extreme step. Solanki, a first-year Chemical engineering student from Ahmedabad, allegedly died by suicide on February 12. Earlier, Solanki’s family had alleged that caste-based discrimination on campus drove him to take this step.
To investigate this suicide case, IIT Bombay formed a 12-member committee which was headed by professor Nand Kishore. On March 2, the committee submitted its interim report to the administration and a copy of the report has also been sent to the Union government, according to media report.
The committee in its reports has also stated that Solanki’s sister had claimed that there was caste discrimination going on and her brother also faced such discrimination.
The report states members of the Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle and Ambedkarite Students Collective who deposed before the committee highlighted instances of caste discrimination on campus but “none of them had ever met DS (Darshan Solanki) or directly knew if DS was facing any kind of problem individually.”
So, apart from Solanki’s sister, there was evidence to suggest that Darshan took the extreme decision because of caste discrimination in the college. The committee cites that caste discrimination was the cause of suicide while the members of the panel believed that Solanki’s academic performance could have been the reason.
The report says except for one subject, Solanki’s performance in all others was “very poor” and that it “deteriorated specifically in the second half of the Autumn semester.”
“It also appears that DS had difficulties in understanding lectures which might have affected him seriously and he started skipping classes…Therefore, the despair of deteriorating academic performance appears to be a very strong reason which might have affected DS very seriously,” the interim report states.