Two students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, on Monday sat on a hunger strike demanding a fair investigation into the Fathima Latheef suicide case. Fathima Latheef, a student of IIT Madras had allegedly taken her own life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her hostel room on November 9.
“We are on a hunger strike. We have two demands – first is that an internal investigation committee should be set up to look into allegations raised by Fathima and her family, and the second is to appoint an external committee of experts who deal with mental health. These experts can help the students suffering from various kinds of mental pressures,” one of the students said while talking to the media.
A week after the suicide nothing has been done so far and Fathima’s family has alleged that the IIT administration and the Tamil Nadu police are trying to protect the people who pressurised Fathima which led to her suicide.
The family has alleged that despite them providing ample evidence where Fathima blamed three faculty members of IIT Madras, none of them has been arrested by the police so far. They said that the police have not examined the laptop and mobile phone of Fatima for evidence so far.
Fathima was a native of Kerala and was pursuing an integrated MA programme at the institute. She was staying at the Sarayu hostel on the campus. Following the incident, the police, in its primary investigation, had revealed that Fathima was staying away from her family for the first time and had scored poorly in her internal exam.