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IIT-Madras student hangs self on campus

CHENNAI: A first-year student committed suicide by hanging herself in her hostel room on the IIT-Madras campus on Saturday, police said. This is the fifth such incident at the prestigious institute since December 2018. The deceased has been identified as Fathima Latif, a student of MA humanities and development studies (integrated), and a native of Kollam in Kerala. On Saturday, her family members tried to reach her over phone but failed and contacted her friend in the adjacent room at Sarayu hostel.

As her calls went unanswered, she alerted the hostel warden. Security guards broke open the door and found Fathima hanging from the ceiling. Fathima might have committed suicide early on Saturday morning as one of the hostellers saw her walking towards the room from the washroom in the wee hours, police said. The Kotturpuram police registered a case and the body was sent to the Government Royapettah Hospital (GRH) for postmortem. Police said no suicide note was recovered from Fathima’s room. However, inquiries revealed that Fathima was depressed after scoring low in a semester exam. A case has been registered and further investigation is on. “It is with deep grief and sadness that IIT Madras has to inform the passing away of a first-year undergraduate student of humanities and social sciences department,” IIT Madras said in a statement. Extending condolences to the family and friends of the deceased student, it said, “This is indeed an irreparable loss to the institute and the family.” “Police have been informed and the institute is cooperating with the authorities.” Suicide helpline: If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist. Helplines: AASRA: 91-22-27546669 (24 hours), Sneha Foundation: 91-44-24640050 (24 hours), Vandrevala Foundation for Mental Health: 1860-2662-345 and 1800-2333-330 (24 hours), iCall: 022-25521111 (Available from Monday to Saturday: 8:00am to 10:00pm), Connecting NGO: 18002094353 (Available from 12 pm - 8 pm).