IIT Madras student Fatima Lateef from Kollam commits suicide, found hanging in hostel room
The suicide of MA student Fathima Latheef at IIT Madras is being blown out of proportion. This case probably has nothing to do with either religion or discrimination; it also does not have any sexual leanings.
But the way the agitation is snowballing, it looks like the agitating students are mistaking the wood for the tree.
Already, the issue figured in the Parliament and a special team of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of police on Monday held inquiries with three IIT-Madras professors in connection with the November 9 suicide Fatima. They have nothing to do with the suicide
The suicide may probably be due to pressure at studies. Insiders say that she may have committed suicide due to her inability to handle the sudden changes – like being amidst other brilliant people and her inability to be among the toppers in the class.
She had requested the professors to grant her extra marks, but the rules did not permit this.
There have been other cases of suicides – all due to the inability of students to cope with pressure. This is not just in IITs alone. Probably a life coach should have saved Fatima.
Institutes dealing with high-pressure studies should think of appointing full-time life coaches.
Meanwhile, Fathima’s father Abdul Latheef should not fall prey to the agitators who are trying to exploit the issue.