Authorities of Shah Makhdum Police Station have ruled the death of Raudha Athif, a young cover model of Vogue from the Maldives, as suicide. Her family disagrees. They think that Muslim extremists murdered her daughter in Bangladesh for not wearing Islamic clothing.
Her family have completely dismissed the suggestion that her death was a suicide, after she was found hanged in her dorm room last Wednesday, insisting that she was “murdered and that her death was made to look like a suicide.”
It is hard not to believe their case, as had a bright future ahead of her. In addition to the modeling, she was in her second-year at the Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshashi city. Even the assistant commisioner shares their opinion, saying there was a “50 percent chance that she did not commit suicide.”
“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 Athif, 18, told the Sun.
“Her style of clothing was branded as ‘immodest’ and ‘un-Islamic’ even though she adhered to the dress code in the college premises by wearing a veil covering her face,” he added. “But she was criticized 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.”
Law enforcement from her native Maldives reportedly met with Bangladesh’s Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) and medical college to discuss the young victim’s controversial death.