Raudha Athif

PBI final report: Raudha gave into her despair

The final report submitted to the Rajshahi court yesterday by the Bangladeshi Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has ruled out the possibility of murder stating that the Maldivian model and medical student, Raudha Athif, committed suicide in despair after she found out her boyfriend cheated on her.

Sub Inspector Saidur Rahman told the Bangladeshi news outlet, The Daily Star, that the PBI have gathered evidence that proves her death by suicide due to her “utter despair” over the breakup with her boyfriend.

The PBI report said that the investigation received the victim’s Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media records. And the last activity on her WhatsApp was moments before her death was a message to her ex-boyfriend. And the last call received to her WhatsApp was also a call from the said ex-boyfriend.

Raudha, 20, who was featured as a Maldivian model in a Vogue magazine cover in 2016, and was a second-year student at Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshahi. On 29 March 2017, she was found dead in her college dormitory room.

After Raudha’s death, on 10 April 2017 her father, Mohammad Athif filed a murder case accusing her classmate. The case was investigated by local police, Detective Branch and Criminal Investigation Department who came up with a final report suggesting her suicide.

Her father rejected the reports and submitted a no-confidence petition with a Rajshahi court. Following the court order, PBI had been investigating the case since 23 December 2017.

According to the report, the allegations brought by the father was found out in the investigation to be “mistake of facts” and the ligature marks around Raudha’s neck were non-continuous as proved by the autopsy reports and the marks that her father claimed to be fingerprinted are bruised by the thin metals that were with her scarf.

The PBI did not find any witnesses or evidence regarding the involvement of her classmate with her death.

“The accused girl is innocent,” said the PBI official and she saw Raudha when she peeped through a hole on her door in the morning, made shouts and fell unconscious.

Help Prevent Suicide:

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please call 977-0640 immediately at the Victim Support Unit of the Maldives Police Services.