NEW DELHI: Several students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, on Friday staged a protest demanding justice for Fatima Lateef, a first-year student of the same institute, who was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her hostel room on November 9.
In the protest led by the Students Federation of India (SFI), students raised slogans calling for the arrest of the professors named in her suicide note, the protestors also demanded swift action by the police.
Religious bias led to Fatima’s death: MMK leader
Manitheneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) leader M.H. Jawahirullah demanded a probe by Crime Branch Crime Investigation Department (CBCID) into the suicide of Fathima
In a statement issued here, Jawahirullah said that he had spoken to the girl’s father, who alleged that his daughter was subjected to religious discrimination by a faculty member.
“The girl’s father had told me that there was religious discrimination,” Jawahirullah told IANS.
On Tuesday, Abdul Lateef, the father of the student, held a press conference and sought a fair probe, expressing concerns over the alleged influence of the IIT authorities.
Fatima Lateef hailed from Kerala and was pursuing her under-graduation course in the Humanities Department at the IIT Madras.