The Vogue India featured a gorgeous Maldivian Muslim girl on their cover of October 2016 and she broke every stereotype. She was known as the ‘Maldivian girl with Aqua blue eyes’. She was found hanging in her room on March 29. But her family has claimed that she was murdered for not wearing Islamic clothes.A student of Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, the model had reportedly committed suicide. An autopsy conducted into the second-year student’s death had revealed it to be a case of suicide.
However, with her brother, Rayyan Athif, alleging that she was in fact murdered, an investigation has started again. The Sun reported that the 21-year-old model had angered a lot of Muslim extremists in Bangladesh by using her platform as a model to voice crucial subjects and defend victims in the middle of religious controversies. Dr. Mohamed Athif took it to social media and in his post, he said, “The Maldivian medical student and my daughter Raudha Athif did not commit suicide. She was murdered in her hostel room. I have the facts.”
The extremists weren’t happy seeing Raudha not wearing Islamic clothes. “Raudha’s style of clothing was branded as ‘immodest’ and ‘un-Islamic’ even though she adhered to the dress code on the college premises by wearing a veil covering her face,” Rayyan Athif was quoted as saying by WND. Her actions could have further hurt religious sentiments, said Rayyan, adding that because of this reason, extremists felt threatened and thus got her killed. He further claimed that just weeks before she died, she said someone had mixed sleeping pills in her drink.
On the other hand, speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Amin Hossain, assistant commissioner of Bangladesh’s Rajshahi Metropolitan Police detective branch, added that “there may be a ’50 per cent chance that she did not commit suicide”.Raudha wanted to be a doctor and pursued modeling as a hobby. On Instagram, she had more than 30,000 followers but her page was taken down after her death.