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Suicide in IIT-Madras: Many faced issues with the professor, alleges victim's sister

Students shared similar ordeals to that of the girl they have faced in the institution and complained of the professor's egoistic behaviour.

Published: 15th November 2019 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th November 2019 08:39 AM   |  A+A-

Members of SFI protest demanding action on the faculty who where accused by Fathima Latif a student of Cheneai IIT on Thursday in Chennai. | (Photo | P Jawahar/EPS)

Members of SFI protest demanding action on the faculty who where accused by Fathima Latif a student of Cheneai IIT on Thursday in Chennai. | (Photo | P Jawahar/EPS)

By Express News Service

KOLLAM: Following the suicide of Fathima Latheef, other students have also started calling us with similar complaints against the institution and the professor, the deceased girl’s family members told Express on Thursday. 

"In these two days, we received several calls from parents and the students of IIT-M, revealing similar ordeals faced by them or their children," said Fathima’s twin sister Aysha Latheef.

"One student who called my father said harassment and torture are common in the campus. Many of them complained about the egoistic behaviour of the professor, whose name was mentioned in my sister’s phone," she added.

Chennai police said the girl was unhappy since she returned after puja holidays.

"She was happy when she came home. After returning to the hostel, she was worried about something,” said Aysha.

"Despite several enquiries, she never mentioned anything to anyone. Though earlier several times my sister told us about the behaviour of the particular professor, stating he is generally rude to students, she never mentioned any bad experience."

"We have requested the CM and other higher officials to ensure our presence while examining her mobile phone," said Fathima’s uncle Shine Dev.

He added that Fathima’s laptop has been recovered, and they have gone through her mails in which she has appealed for the extra five marks with the professor which was unknowingly overlooked by the faculty.



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