Protesting against the suicide of Fathima Latheef, the students of IIT Madras called off their hunger strike on the second day after the administration relented to two demands of the Student Legislative Council.
The three demands raised by student were the constitution of an external expert panel to survey the overall mental well-being of students, the setting up of a Grievance Redressal Cell for each department, and an internal probe into the allegations made by Fathima’s family.
The administration of IIT Madras has accepted the first two demands and has promised to review the third demand for an internal probe. Two students, Azhar Moideen and Justin Joseph, began their protest on Monday near the gate to the main entrance of the campus. More students joined the protest in solidarity.
Fathima Lateef had allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her hostel room. She was found dead in her room on November 9. Fathima Lateef was a native of Kerala and was pursuing an integrated MA program at the institute.
Fathima Lateef was staying at the Sarayu hostel at the campus. Following the incident, the police, in its primary investigation, had revealed that Fathima Lateef was separated from her family for the first time and had scored poorly in her internal exam.