Five days after the alleged suicide of IIT-Madras student Fathima Latif, her father said Friday that he met Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami who has promised to catch the culprits and punish them. “The Chief Minister has promised that the culprits behind Fathima’s death will be caught and punished,” he said, after meeting the chief minister.
Addressing the media after the meeting, the distraught father said that the CM has assured a fair investigation into the case. After meeting EPS, Fathima’s father Abdul Latif met DMK president M K Stalin at the party’s headquarters, Anna Arivalayam today.
In the meantime, Fathima’s parents had met the DGP of police J K Tripathi earlier today who had assured them that the culprits would be found soon and punished.
“There has been an issue with the professor and Fathima over internal marks. My daughter’s hostel room hasn’t been sealed yet. The police didn’t hand over us the phone until 2 pm on the day after the suicide happened and they didn’t provide any evidence. No one from IIT contacted us and expressed their regret about the incident, we are hurt,” said the father.
He further added that Fathima would document all the incidents that took place in her college through letters. “She had written about the harassment she faced from the professor in detail but the police haven’t mentioned in that in the FIR. Fathima has told me about the harassment she faced in IIT. On November 8, she had cried for an hour in the canteen,” her father said.
According to Fathima’s father, her death did not look like a suicide after he claimed there was a mystery behind her death. He father urged the police to investigate the case using evidence on Fathima’s phone. “The CCTV visuals haven’t been handed over to me, my daughter died just four months after joining IIT, incidents like this should not happen to anyone in the future. I need justice”, he said.
Meanwhile, IIT Madras said it is ‘committed to do whatever is required as per law and ensure fair-play”. In a statement, the institute said, “The social media trolling of the institute, faculty members and students and trial by the media is gravely demoralizing the students, faculty members and staff as well as their families, and tarnishing the reputation of one of the finest institutes in the country.”
Earlier, close to 200 students protested inside the campus seeking full co-operation of the management over Fathima’s death. The Students Legislative Council pressed the management to implement the resolution of appointing a body of experts to study the mental well-being of the students in the institution.