Row over Sanskrit song at IIT-Madras

As student’s suicide snowballs into political row, IIT says ‘don’t spread rumours’

With the alleged suicide of a woman student of IIT-Madras named Fathima Lathief being given political and communal colour despite the student clearly naming three staff members, including an advisor of Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle, as reason behind her extreme step, the institute today came out with a statement.

It said: “The students, faculty, staff, and residents of IIT Madras are deeply saddened and extremely perturbed by the unfortunate and untimely demise of our student, Ms. Fathima Lathief, and the events that unfolded thereafter.

As soon as the incident came to the knowledge of IITM authorities, the police was informed immediately and are being extended full cooperation by the Institute. IIT Madras is committed to do whatever is required as per law and ensure fair-play.

However, the social media trolling of the Institute, faculty members and students and trial by the media, even before the conclusion of the police investigation, 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.

Our faculty is known for its high quality, integrity and fairness. We continue to mourn the loss of such a promising young student and continue to take all efforts to ensure the physical and mental well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

We reiterate that we are fully cooperating with the police investigation. Our humble appeal to all concerned is not to initiate or spread any rumours about the Institute and those involved and let the enquiry be completed.”

In her note, the student said, “In the case of my death the whole blame will be unremittingly upon Hemachandran Karah and Mr Milind Brahme”.

While Sudharsan is said to be connected with Arappor Iyakkam, Brahme is a Dalit-Dravidian ideologist and advisor of  Ambedkar-Periyar group.