Two IIT-Madras students who were staging an indefinite hunger strike, following the death of a 19-year-old student who allegedly committed suicide on November 9, announced the withdrawal of their protest after the IIT Madras administration accepted their demands to form a complaint cell in all departments and set up an external Expert panel to conduct a survey on the issues faced by students. Further, the administration has also promised that an internal probe panel will be formed after IIT director returns to Chennai.
Over a week since the death of a 19-year-old student of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, two students of the Institute began a hunger strike demanding a fair investigation in the case. Fathima Latheef had allegedly committed suicide on November 9. The Students Federation of India (SFI) had previously staged a protest outside the Institute campus demanding a fair investigation. The college administration expressed shock and committed to provide all assistance in the police investigations.
The IIT-Madras director, Bhaskar Ramamurthi, has been summoned by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on the student suicide case. According to reports, the Director will be appearing before the ministry's higher education department officials and submit a detailed report on the case on Tuesday.
Fathima Latheef, an 18-year-old girl from Kerala pursuing her first-year undergraduate course in the humanities stream at IIT Madras allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan in her Sarayu hostel room. According to the police, Latheef was last seen on the night of November 8 by other hostel inmates. Further, they revealed that she did not answer calls from her mother in the morning. "The girl's mother later called one of the hostel inmates and requested to look for her daughter," said an official adding that the student, along with others, went to check her room and found her hanging from the ceiling fan. The inmates broke open the door and informed the police, who moved the body to the Government Royapettah Hospital. The student's family in Kollam was also informed.