Remember the October 2016 Issue of Vogue India that celebrated diversity along with its 9th anniversary? If you don’t let, here’s something to brush your memory.
But it gives me a lot of pain to make you jog down the memory lane because nothing about this remembrance is jovial. See the girl on the extreme left? ‘The girl with aqua eyes’? She is no more and her death has left us with a lot of questions.
Raudha Atif, a 20-yera-old Muslim girl from Maldives who was studying in Bangladesh, was found hanging in her dorm room on March 29.
She was a medical student at Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshahi city, Bangladesh.
Reports claim that the Bangladesh government performed an autopsy and ruled her death a suicide. But according to the family of the model, it was a cold-blooded mirror. Her father tweeted,
Maldivian medical student and my daughter Raudha Athif did not commit sucide.She was murdered at her hostel room.I ve the facts
— Dr.Mohamed Athif (@DrMohamedAthif) April 4, 2017
Her brother, Reyyan Athif told The Sun,
“Raudha was a happy girl with a bright future and a promising career ahead of her. 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.
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.”
He also added that she was targeted because she was a public figure who defied religious bullying, hate and crimes pertaining to the same.
“Her style of clothing was branded as ‘immodest’ and ‘un-Islamic’. 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.
We’ve seen her bruised body, her tightly held fists and hand marks on her neck as if somebody strangled her. When we raised these issue with the police, they dismissed it.”
Only time will tell if the claims are true, but for now, we have lost a bright kid and our face to show to humanity.
News Source: The Sun