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Students gather at IIT Bombay in memory of 18-year-old student who died by suicide

An 18-year-old IIT Bombay student jumped from his hostel building on Sunday, February 12, at 1:30 PM, creating shockwaves across Mumbai.

Darshan Solanki, an 18-year-old student in the chemical engineering programme, had only been at IIT Bombay for three months.

A student group claims IIT Bombay has caste discrimination issues.

A student group has claimed caste discrimination because the deceased person was a member of the Scheduled Caste community, even though the police are still looking into the matter and determining the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“We mourn the loss of an 18-year-old dalit student, Darshan Solanki, who joined @iitbombay 3 months back for his BTech. We must understand that this is not a personal/individualised issue, but an institutional murder,” said the tweet by Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC), IIT Bombay.

The organisation stated that the institute failed to make IIT Bombay inclusive for students fromarginalizeded communities, who face the most harassment.

“Despite our complaints, the institute did not care to make the space inclusive and safe for dalit bahujan adivasi students. First-year students face the most harassment in terms of anti-reservation sentiments and taunts of non-deserving and non- meritorious. There is a lack of representation of faculty and counsellors from the marginalized,” said the tweet by APSSC.

Further information is awited

Academic pressure may have played a role in the student’s suicide, according to the police, who have currently opened an investigation into an accident death.

At 10 o’clock on Sunday night, several IIT Bombay students have participated in a candle march across the campus before gathering in the institute’s common area to memorise the student.

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