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Two IIT-M students fast over Fathima’s suicide
Tamil Nadu

Two IIT-M students fast over Fathima’s suicide

S.Murari

Two students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras began an indefinite fast inside the campus on Monday, demanding an internal enquiry into the suicide by first year humanities student Fathima Latheef on Nov 9 .

Both are seniors to Fathima in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department.

Azhar Moideen, studying final year, and Justin Joseph, doing Ph.D, demanded an internal enquiry against professors whom Fathima named as her tormentors.

The two students in their representation to IIT director Bhaskar Ramamurthi sought an inquiry into the conduct of all the faculty members of the department as demanded by Fathima’s father Abdul Latheef.

Meanwhile, the Central Crime Branch of the Chennai police, which is probing the suicide, has summoned the three professors named in a suicide note left in her mobile phone by Fathima before hanging herself on Nov 9.

The professors are expected to appear before the CCB on Tuesday. The CCB is also awaiting the forensic report on Fathima’s laptop as well as mobile.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha on Monday, DMK member Kanimozhi said the whole issue was shrouded in mystery. Quoting Fathima’s father Latheef, she said that when his other daughter visited Fathima’s hostel room, they found it had been swept clean and even the rope had been removed.

She said no FIR had been registered and no arrests made.” Whom are they trying to protect”, she asked.

Kanimozhi also said, like the fasting students, that this was the fifth suicide in IIT Madras campus this year and a total of 53 students of such institutes had ended their lives in recent years.