Mumbai, Apr 14: Kin of Rohith Vemula, the Dalit research scholar who committed suicide in Hyderabad, embraced Buddhism on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar in Mumbai.
Babasaheb is considered as the Dalit icon and the principal architect of the Indian Constitution.
Rohith's mother Radhika Vemula and his brother Raja Vemula will be given "deeksha" by Buddhist monks at a ceremony to be organised at Ambedkar Bhavan in Dadar.
"We have organised the deeksha ceremony as the family approached us," said Babasaheb Ambedkar's grandson Prakash Ambedkar, who is a former MP.
"It is true that we are going to embrace Buddhism. We are on the way to Mumbai," said Raja.
Delhi government has offered a temporary Group C level job to Raja Vemula, the younger brother of deceased Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, on "compassionate" ground, which has not yet been accepted by him.
26-year-old Dalit research scholar committed suicide on January 17.