1. Mystery deepens over ‘Vogue’ model’s death as her family makes devastating claims.
‘It was not suicide’ Family claim Bangladeshi model was murdered by extremists for not wearing Islamic clothinghttps://t.co/MF4Nk2lkZC
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) April 6, 2017
Model Raudha Athif, 21, was featured on the cover of Vogue India and was studying medicine at a Bangladesh university.
On March 29, she was found dead in her college dorm room, with police determining she had taken her own life.
Now, the family of the Maldivian model have expressed their disbelief that the “happy” woman would take her own life, and have called for her death to be investigated as a murder.
“My daughter Raudha Athif did not commit suicide. She was murdered at her hostel room. I’ve the facts (sic),” her father, Dr. Mohamed Athif tweeted on April 4.
The model’s 18-year-old brother, Rayyan Athif, also believes his sister was murdered and her death was ‘covered up’ to make it seem like she had taken her own life.
“She was friendly, light-hearted and full of life. Her friends and family find it impossible to believe that she would take her own life,” he told The Sun.
“There have been a series of murders in Bangladesh which have been staged to look like suicides and Islamic extremists have been suspected to be behind these atrocities.”
Rayyan said his sister used her public person to regularly defend victims of religious controversies, and was branded as “immodest” and “un-Islamic” for her choice of clothing.
“She adhered to the dress code in the college premises by wearing a veil covering her face,” her brother said.
“But she was criticised for wearing jeans and was repeatedly told she couldn’t wear it at the Muslim college – which has a lot of extremist connections and support. Other students have also been subjected to this type of bullying.”
An autopsy report conducted by three doctors ruled the 20-year-old’s death as a suicide, but her family have rejected their finding.