Raudha Athif, 20, who was featured on the cover of Vogue India, was studying medicine at Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshahi, when she was reportedly found hanged in her dorm room on March 29.
Her body was discovered by horrified students living in the women-only hostel of the medical college before police arrived at the scene, according to Bangladesh’s The Daily Star.
The superintendent at the hostel said that Raudha “always looked happy” and that it was “hard to believe she would commit suicide”.
Raudha’s father, Mohammed Athif, a doctor, also expressed disbelief that it was a suicide.
Her brother Rayyan Athif, 18, believes his sister was murdered and her death was staged as a suicide.
Speaking to The Sun Online, Rayyan said: “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 believes Raudha, who was a Muslim, was targeted because she was a public figure who defended victims bullied over religious controversies.
Rayyan said: “Raudha was a strong woman, she would not back down and stood up for herself and for others. It could have made extremists boil up inside with anger.
“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.
“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.”
Rayyan also claims Raudha told the family someone mixed sleeping tablets in her drink just weeks before her death.
h/t Pamela Geller who writes:
Where’s Vogue’s coverage of this? Where is the march for women living under the boot of sharia?
Feminists and women’s fashion magazines continue to pay tribute to this most vicious ideology.