Abdul Latheef,father of IIT student Fathima Latheef, on Friday met the Director-General of Police J K Tripathy and presented a petition, seeking action against three professors, including additional professor of philosophy Sudarshan Pathmanabhan, whom she had blamed for her suicide.
Talking to reporters, Latheef said the DGP had promised prompt action and had forwarded his complaint to the Chennai Police Commissioner. He said he was satisfied with the actions by the police and the Government so far.
He said though Fathima had named three professors as responsible for her death, her main tormentor was Sudarshan Pathmanabhan.
He said Pathmanabhan gave low marks to Fathima, a brilliant student, in a semester test and this led to her depression. He there was evidence to show that on the day she met the professor and demanded revaluation, she was seen crying in the campus canteen.
HE said the local police which had taken her laptop and her mobile phone in which she had left her suicide note, should open them in his presence.
Latheef said no one from the IIT had spoken to him in this regard. Even on Nov 9, when she hanged herself in her hostel room around 8 p.m. after leaving a suicide note, only a junior staff of the ITT telephoned him to convey the news, that too only around 9.30 p.m.
Latheef, who has already represented to Kerala Chief Minister Pinayaravi Vijayan, has come from Kollam to speed up action by the police. He said he had no appointment to meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami.
Fathima’s uncle Shine Dev said local police had accessed mails in Fathima’s laptop and found she had pleaded with Professor Pathmanabhan for extra mark and he refused.
Fathima’s sister Ayesha who had come immediately Fathima’s death and taken the body to Kollam for burial, has said : When she came home for Pooja holidays, she was happy. After returning to the hostel, she seemed worried about something, though she did not mention it to anyone. Earlier she had told us that that particular professor is generally rude to students, but she never mentioned any bad experience”.