Topic: Fathima Latheef
9 November marks three years since 19-year-old Fathima Latheef, a first-year student of MA Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, was found dead in her hostel room. Months after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) concluded its probe into the matter, the family is not convinced by their findings.
“It is unbelievable that she chose suicide. She would never do that,” says Aysha Latheef, unable to find closure about the death of her twin sister Fathima Latheef.
"I feel the recent resignation of the Assistant Professor from the same Humanities and Social Sciences department is substantiating our claim of caste and religious discrimination in the campus," says Ayisha Latheef, twin sister of Fathima Latheef, a first-year Master’s student at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, who was found dead in her hostel room on 9 November in 2019 following she had faced religious discrimination from her professors.
Madras High Court has asked why the case of IIT Madras student Fathima Latheef’s death has not been handed over to Crime-Branch Crime Investigation Department (CBCID).
Through in-depth study of the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)—widely seen as symbols of national promise— Harvard University professor and anthropologist Ajantha Subramanian, reveals the continued workings of upper-caste privilege within the most modern institutions
IITM suicide: Fathima’s fellow students demand a fair probe, Rohith Act and SC/ST/OBC cell on campus
IIT Madras Students also held a protest rally on campus to demand an investigation into the suicide on Thursday.