Family demands probe into IIT-M student’s death

Three days after the death of a first year IIT-Madras student, allegedly in a case of suicide, her parents submitted a petition to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and sought the state government’s intervention in Tamil Nadu police’s investigation of the case.

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

Her teachers recalled Fathima as a brilliant student and a class topper.

While the police have registered a case of unnatural death (suicide) and said that no suicide note was found, her father Abdul Latif, who has also sent petitions to the Prime Minister seeking justice, mentioned a note purportedly written in her cellphone and naming one of the teachers.

“The note names a professor and stated that he [name withheld] ‘is the cause of my death’,” Latif told.

Maintaining that Fathima had never said or done anything that could have been deemed as reflecting a suicidal tendency, or exhibited any psychological problem, Latif said: "There is a mystery behind this death. She told us about this professor earlier, too —- that he makes some students cry. We also have information that she used to sit and cry regularly at the mess hall around 9 every night. So we demand that the police check CCTV footage".