Rahat Hassan Jalil died in 2019 while a student at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The brother of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student who killed himself has sued the fraternity he was pledging claiming he was subject to hazing for weeks leading to his death.
Kam Rokon, whose 18-year-old brother Rahat Hassan Jalil died in 2019, has sued the school’s Lambda Phi Epsilon chapter claiming he was forced to stand in the cold all night and urinate on other pledges, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported.
Jalil took his life on January 16, 2019, just two days after he was finally sworn into the fraternity.
Rokon told the outlet that he was convinced to come forward with the lawsuit after being told about the alleged hazing by members of the fraternity.
‘We’d been grieving for the last year and a half. We were absolutely disgusted by what we were told,’ Rokon said.
Rokon claims in the lawsuit, obtained by the Journal-Star, that the hazing endured by Jalil while a freshman at the university violated state law and school policies.
Kam Rokon, left, the older brother of Jalil, right, has filed a lawsuit against the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity
Rokon, center, alleges that his brother, right, was a victim of hazing while a student, which led to his death
DailyMail.com has reached out to Rokon for additional comments and information.
Rokon, the administrator of his brother’s estate, filed the lawsuit against the local chapter and the international organization Lambda Phi Epsilon in the Lancaster County District Court.
UNL is not named in the lawsuit, according to the Journal-Star.
School officials declined to comment to DailyMail.com, citing an ongoing investigation on top of the pending litigation.
According to its website, Lambda Phi Epsilon is the world’s largest Asian-interest fraternity and its Nebraska chapter was founded in 2016. DailyMail.com has reached out to the fraternity for additional comments and information.
Members of Lambda Phi Epsilon posted about receiving certification in suicide prevention
The fraternity has continued to mourn the former pledge after the death of Jalil, bottom right, in 2019
Rokon alleges that his brother was forced to stand outside naked and pee on other pledges while looking to join Lambda Phi Epsilon
Rokon claims in the lawsuit that the alleged hazing of Jalil, center, violated state law and school policies
Jalil, whose parents emigrated from Bangladesh, moved from his home in North Carolina to be closer to his older brother Rokon and wife who live in Omaha.
The teen enrolled at the university and pledged with the fraternity – which allegedly hazed him for eight weeks, a former member told Rokon.
The pledges were allegedly forced to stand outside naked all night and urinate on other pledges who didn’t follow directions, according to the outlet.
Jalil, while suffering sleep deprivation and verbal harassment, was also allegedly forced to chug alcohol poured down his throat by other members and engage in prolonged calisthenics including hanging from a rope in a tree without falling.
Jalil, right, told friends in North Carolina that he was concerned about drinking
He was installed as a member of the fraternity the weekend before second-semester classes began and died two days later, the Journal-Star reported.
Jalill was found by an employee on the ground unconscious near Abel Hall around 8.30am on January 16, 2019.
Rescue workers took him to a local hospital where he died. Rokon said Jalil did not suffer from depression.
‘It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of one of our brothers. Rahat Jalil was a kind and joyous individual. He was hard working, determined and persistent,’ the local Lambda Phi Epsilon wrote on Facebook at the time.
‘He forged bonds with each person in the chapter and became a part of a lifelong family with an unbreakable support system. His positive attitude and hunger to learn pushed others around him to be just as ambitious.”
The Rokons, looking for clues about what led to Jalil’s death, kept in contact with his fraternity brothers and even invited them to their home several times after his death.
The grieving family said they did not learn much, other than that he told some friends in North Carolina that he wasn’t comfortable with the drinking, until a former member came forward about the alleged hazing in August.
The university declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation and pending litigation
Kam Rokon, whose 18-year-old brother Rahat Hassan Jalil died in 2019, has sued University of Nebraska-Lincoln (pictured) Lambda Phi Epsilon chapter
The Rokons returned to Jalil’s friends and asked direct questions from fraternity members – confirmed nearly all of what the former member told them.
‘At that point, we were livid,’ Kam Rokon told the Journal-Star.
‘We did not want to file a lawsuit, but the lack of accountability … left us no choice.’
Lambda Phi Epsilon has continued to mourn for Jalil through posts made to social media since his death, and became certified through REACH Suicide Prevention last March.
‘Please join us in wishing a very happy birthday for our Gamma Class brother, Rahat “Dial-Up” Jahlil! Every year we miss you more,’ the organization wrote June 14.
‘As we can continue to educate, grow, and celebrate as a fraternity, we do it knowing you’re there with us. We love you, and we hope you continue to help guide us.’