Raudha Athif’s family repudiated the investigative report submitted on her death by the Presidential Commission on Murders and Enforced Disappearance.
Raudha, a second-year student at Bangladesh’s Islami Bank Medical College, was found dead on 29 March 2017 in her room at the college’s women’s hostel in Rajshahi City’s Nawdapara district. Her body was found hanging with a scarf tied to the neck on the ceiling fan. Investigators had said that after primary examination, it seemed to be a suicide incident.
While the report prepared by the commission reports Raudha’s death as a suicide, Raudha’s father, Dr. Mohamed Athif, has refused to accept the report’s conclusions, arguing that the commission was provided forensic evidence by him, which proves that Raudha was strangled to death.
“Therefore, this report cannot be accepted by the family,” Dr. Athif tweeted.
Although the family of Raudha alleges foul play, the officials in Bangladesh who investigated her death remained unconvinced to conclude that the circumstantial evidence on the scene only indicated that it was suicide.
Whilst Raudha’s family refuses to accept the Commission’s study, former Ungoofaru MP and religious scholar Dr. Afrasheem Ali’s family has dismissed the commission’s investigative report on the assassination of the former MP as well.