IIT student suicides over religious discrimination

Fathima Latheef, a 19 year old IIT- Madras Student has committed suicide alleging her professors for religious discrimination in her suicide note. The girl, hailing from Kollam district of Kerala, hanged herself on 9th of November in her hostel. In the suicide note, saved in her phone, she has noted 'Sudarshan Padmanabhan is the cause of my death'. Mr. Padmanabhan is a professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, the same faculty the girl belongs to. In the further note, she has accused two other professors also. Her parents have reported that, she has mentioned many times about discrimination on the basis of her religion. "My daughter faced caste based and religious discrimination from her faculties. Earlier she said that her name (Muslim name) itself is a problem there” Her father reported to media. Fathima was a bright student who secured admission being first in the entrance test conducted by the center last year. However, the police were initially inactive regarding filing of the complaint or checking on to the suicide note. Five suicides have been reported in IIT-M, in the past year alone. The case of Fathima Latheef adds to the line of institutional murders based on religion or caste based identity like that of Rohit Vemula and Payal Tadwi happening in India's premier educational institutions.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident University
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident University Was cross FIR filed Not Applicable
perpetrator Organizational Other public institutions Details of the FIR

FIR Registered. 11 Witnesses questioned. Section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code.(Police to enquire and report on suicide, etc.), Kotturpuram Police Station.

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Charges filed against the vicitm :Police has questioned 11 witnesses, charges filed. But, the initial role of police was unsatisfactory. Current status Chargesheet filed :Family has demanded fair investigation.
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Date of incident: November 09, 2019
Nature of Violence
  • Discrimination in Education
  • Harassment
  • Institutional discrimination
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Number of people Killed 1
    Name of the victim : Fathima Latheef
    Name of Perpetrator Sudarsan Padmanabhan and few other professors.
    State Tamil Nadu
    District/City Chennai
    Party In Power / Incidents AIADMK - All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
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