Two mothers living totally different lives and from two different backgrounds, came up together by tragedies that were sufferred by their children, Dr. Payal Tadvi and Rohith Vemula were both pursuing their higher education degree, when they were harassed in their respective educational institutions hence pushing them to take the step to end their lives. The two mothers Abedi Tadvi and Radhika Vemula have gained courage by the tragedies of their children ending their lives and approached the Supreme Court of India to ensure that no Advasis and Dalit or any child from this background face this kind of harassment forcing them to die. A safe space in these educational institutions for them must be established. The Mothers duo had filled a joint petition in the Apex Court on "inadequate mechanisms" set up by the University Grants Commission( UGC) and also put forward their demands that there should be a strict and rigorous system to regulate any harassment cases in the universities.
In the month of January 2016 son of Radhika Vemula, Rohith Vemula a PhD Scholar in the University of Hyderabad along with five dalit students were expelled from the housing facility of the University for the reason of an alleged attack to Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) as the students conitued with their protests but after few days Rohith ended his life, there are few names that came out abetting Rohith's Suicide, they were of the university of Hyderabad Vice - Chancellor Appa Rao Podile, BJP MLC N. Ramchandra Rao and two other ABVP members- Susheel Kumar and Rama Krishna who were accused for abetting Rohith's Suicide though a FIR was filled against them but at the same time Police failed to take any action against the accused persons. In the matter of Dr. Payal Suicide case, here suicide note and the testimony of mother confirms that she was harassed by three people - Senior Doctors Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehra and Ankita Khandelwal and they were arrested immediately also a 1,200 pages of chargesheet was filed against them, they have accused of torturing Payal for an entire year and hurling slurs at her. Dr. Payal belonged to Bhil of Tadvi sub-caste, tribal community and perhaps Payal was first in her community to become a doctor.
In both the suicide cases the education institutions failed to provide a proper redressal mechanism and has been accused for the same to the victims to avert their deaths, further the non-implementation of the equity regulations has resulted from lack of accountability on the part of the university or college administration.