IIT student Fathima’s death: Muslim group of Tamil Nadu demands CBI Probe

Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) leader M.H. Jawahirullah on Wednesday demanded a probe by Crime Branch Crime Investigation Department (CBCID) into the suicide of Fathima Latheef, a first year student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

Fathima Latheef, a first year student of MA, humanities and development studies (integrated), who came from Kollam, Kerala, was found hanging in her hostel room at IIT-Madras on Saturday morning.

Notes in her mobile phone had mentioned some faculty names as the cause of her death. She names three faculties of HSS, IIT Madras for pushing her to take the most extreme decision – Sudarshan Padmanabhan, Milind Brahme and Hemachandran Karah. 

In a statement, MMK chief and former member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Jawahirullah said that he had spoken to Abdul Latheef, the girl’s father, who alleged that his daughter was subjected to religious discrimination by her teacher Sudarshan Padmanabhan.

The MMK leader demanded a probe by the CBCID into the suicides by the students in IIT Madras.

“The girl’s father had told me that there was religious discrimination,” Jawahirullah told IANS.

Fathima’s family has alleged that the faculties taunted her for belonging to the Muslim community. 

” My daughter faced casteist and religious discrimination from her faculties. Earlier she said that her name (Muslim name) itself is a problem there”, Abdul Latheef told media on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Campus Front of India protested infront of IIT Madras demanding justice for Fathima Latheef.

Fathima’s father, has also claimed that the police failed to conduct a fair probe and demanded an inquiry by the central agency. 

“I have documents with me that contain details of harassment meted out to my daughter to prove the case. I want justice for Fathima. She was an innocent and intelligent girl. Three professors are responsible for this. I want a CBI inquiry,” he said. “There has been no response from the police, they have not helped us. I am willing to go to the Supreme Court to take legal action if there is no fair probe.”

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