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Fathima Latheef Suicide: Students demand action against IIT-M professors

Fathima Lateef hailed from Kerala and was pursuing her under-graduation course in the Humanities Department at the IIT Madras

Friday November 15, 2019 2:55 PM, IANS

SFI demand Justice for Fathima Latheef

New Delhi: Several students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, on Friday staged a protest demanding justice for Fathima Latheef, a first year student of the same institute, who was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her hostel room on November 9.

While no suicide note was found, a note in her mobile phone had mentioned some faculty names as the cause of her death.

In the protest led by the Students Federation of India (SFI), students raised slogans calling for the arrest of the professors named in her suicide note, the protestors also demanded swift action by the police.

On Tuesday, Abdul Latheef, the father of the student, held a press conference and sought a fair probe, expressing concerns over the alleged influence of the IIT authorities.

Fathima Lateef hailed from Kerala and was pursuing her under-graduation course in the Humanities Department at the IIT Madras.

Earlier, Manitheneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) leader M.H. Jawahirullah had demanded a probe by Crime Branch Crime Investigation Department (CBCID) into the suicide of Fathima Latheef.

Jawahirullah issued a statement saying that he had spoken to Abdul Latheef, the girl's father, who alleged that his daughter was subjected to religious discrimination by a faculty member.

According to Jawahirullah, Fathima's father had told him that once the professor had given his daughter three marks less and the same was corrected after it was brought to the notice of the head of the department.

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