CHENNAI: Days, after an IIT-Madras student committed suicide over alleged religious discrimination, a professor from the institution, was summoned for inquiry by the Chennai police. Meanwhile, a suicide note purportedly written by the student has gone viral on the social media, sparking outrage and protests.
Parents of Fathima Latheef, the deceased girl, had sought the intervention of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, alleging religious discrimination and humiliation by a faculty member.
A senior police officer in Chennai acknowledged that they had received a complaint from Fathima’s parents, and were beginning their inquiry with faculty and inmates of Sarayu hostel in the campus.
“The professor concerned has been summoned for inquiry on Thursday. The girl’s parents will be reaching the city on the same day,” said the officer. Though IIT sources said the professor was also questioned on Wednesday, the institution issued no statements about the development.
The purported suicide note has provoked protests, with student activists terming her death as ‘institutional murder’. Speaking in Kerala, Fathima’s father said the police had taken her phone for forensic investigation, and he was concerned that they could tamper with the evidence to protect IIT’s image.