By Muslim Mirror Staff
Chennai : Days after Fathima Latheef, a 19-year-old first-year undergraduate student of Indian Institute of Technology Madras committed suicide in her hostel room in Chennai her father Abdul Latheef has alleged that she took such extreme step due to humiliation and religious discrimination she was facing from her faculty members.
Fathima hailed from Kerala and was pursuing her under-graduation course in the humanities department at IIT Madras. She committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan in her hostel room on Saturday.
Latheef has appealed Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to ensure a fair probe because his daughter in a text had reportedly accused one of her professors of harassing her.
Abdul says Fatima had told him she would be switching her phone off as she wanted to study. But the next thing he heard from her hostel was the warden informing him that Fathima has committed suicide.
He says when he reached Chennai with his family, Fathima’s sister Aysha switched on her phone. In the message, she had blamed one of her professors to be the “cause of her death”, Abdul claims.
The family says that after reading her note they realised that Fathima was being constantly harassed by her professor at IIT Madras. “It hurt her dignity.”
Abdul has also accused IIT Madras officials of giving “contradictory statements” to “cover up” the matter.
Earlier Police had said no suicide note was found from Fathima’s room and the preliminary probe indicated that she was concerned about her academic performance.
In a brief statement, IIT Madras expressed deep grief and sadness over the girl’s death.
“IIT Madras faculty, staff and students extend their deepest condolences to the family, friends and other near and dear ones of the deceased student. This is indeed an irreparable loss to the institute and the family. May her soul rest in peace.”
(With inputs from PTI.)