IIT students end hunger strike; administration accepts 2 demands
Chennai: Two students of IIT Madras who began their indefinite hunger strike demanding an internal inquiry into the alleged suicide of Fathima Latheef, ended their stir on Tuesday morning after the administration promised to look into the issues. Among the various demands raised by the students, two of the demands have been accepted by the administration.
The students said that the strike was a success and the dean of the institute assured that a decision on an internal enquiry would be taken after the director of the institute returns from Delhi on Thursday. The other demands also were accepted by the administration. A complaints redressal cell will be set up to look into the harassment issues faced by students. A facility to seek the assistance of experts to deal with mental pressures among students would be enabled.
The dean also assured the students union that a detailed discussion on the circumstances leading to the death of Fathima Latheef will be held.
On Monday morning, Azhar Moideen and Justin Joseph, students of Humanities department and members of Chinta Bar, a students body, began their protest demanding an internal inquiry into the death of their friend. They also demanded an unbiased investigation and setting up of a grievance redressal committee. The family of Fathima Latheef had sought an internal probe into the conduct of faculty and other demands as well.