The remains of Maldivian model, Raudha Athif, who was found dead in a hostel in Bangladesh last week was buried Saturday after her autopsy.
According to The Daily Star news website, her autopsy report confirmed that her death was suicide by hanging as cited by Professor Mansur Rahman, the head of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital’s department of Forensic Medicine.
A member of the autopsy team, Professor Emdadul Haque, was quoted by Dhaka Tribune as stating, “There was no evidence of sexual or any other kind of abuse on her body. We have sent samples to Dhaka for further testing to determine if she had ingested any pills. However, at this point, we are certain that this was a suicide.”
The autopsy results were released after her burial. However, her family are rejecting the report, stating that they had looked to take Raudha’s remains to Bangladeshi capital Dhaka for an independent autopsy but, without support from the authorities, they yielded the autopsy to the police.
“But we do not accept that report. We suspect something is amiss. Else they would’ve allowed an independent autopsy,” said her family, who have previously declared that they suspect Raudha’s death was murder after seeing her body.
Her parents had also earlier insisted that there was no reason Raudha would take her own life, saying that she was “a very happy person” who did not suffer from depression.
A second year medical student at Islami Bank Medical College & Hospital, Raudha was found hanging from the ceiling by a scarf in her hostel room last Wednesday.
She was buried in Hetemkha Graveyard in Rajshahi town attended by her family and the Maldivian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Aishath Shaan Shakir.
With her striking blue eyes, Raudha became a sensation on social media in 2014 when her photograph “Maldivian Girl with Aqua Blue Eyes” shot by photographer Sotti went viral. She eventually became an international model and was featured on the cover of Vogue India.