Raudha Athif, a 21-year-old model and medical student who had appeared on the cover of Vogue India, has reportedly committed suicide at a dormitory hostel in Bangladesh.
Athif, 21, a second-year student at Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshahi city was found dead in her dorm room on Wednesday, March 29.
Her body was recovered by police at around midday after her classmates found her dead.
via The Daily Star:
Police recovered the body of Raudha Athif, 21, a second-year student of Islami Bank Medical College in Nawdapara area, around 12noon, an hour after some of her classmates living in the same building discovered it.
Her classmates saw the body hanging from the ceiling fan with a scarf tied to the neck, said Zillur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Shah Makhdum Police Station.
One of them cut the scarf with a knife and took the body down, believing she was alive, he added.
Mahmuda Begum, the superintendent of the female hostel, said the model ‘always looked happy,’ and added, ‘it is hard to believe she would commit suicide’.
Athif’s first major breakthrough was a picture taken by photographer Sotti called ‘Maldivian Girl With Aqua Blue Eyes,’ which went so viral it was praised by the former president of the Maldives over social media.
via Dhaka Tribune:
Raudha’s mother Aminath Muharmimath arrived at Rajshahi on Thursday afternoon with Maldives Ambassador Aishath Shaan Shakir by plane. Her father Mohammad Athif will also join them on Thursday night. Aminath and Aishath spoke to the college authorities to discuss the matter.
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police spokesperson Iftekhar Alam said the police suspect the cause of death to be suicide, brought on by depression.
He said: “Her friends could not tell us much about her personal life. There is very little we know.”