Sharmin can’t commit suicide, says mother

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The mother of Stamford University student Rubaiyat Sharmin does not believe that her daughter could commit suicide.

Police recovered Sharmin’s body from an alley of Dhaka’s 68 Siddheswari on Wednesday but they are still clueless whether it was a suicide or murder.”My daughter just can’t commit suicide. I knew her very well. She used to hate suicides. She was always jovial and loved to mingle with people,” said Nahida Akter, Sharmin’s mother on Saturday.

Sharmin, 20, daughter of police inspector of Habiganj Rokon Uddin, was buried in their village home of Bijoy Nagar in Mymensingh’s Sadar upazila on Friday morning.

Rokon Uddin said to Prothom Alo, “As far I know, Sharmin had no reasons for committing suicide. She might have had problems with her classmates over group study. Other than, she had no other issues.”

On Wednesday evening, Sharmin returned home but instead of entering, she called her cousin and asked him to give a pair of old sandals. And then, she gave him her new sandals, earrings, ring and mobile phone before leaving again for what she called an emergency, said Sharmin’s father.

“If she had wanted to commit suicide, she could have done this at her home. We’ve heard that some Stamford University students who reside in a building from where Sharmin’s body was recovered are now on the run,” he added.

Sharmin’s mother, Nahida Akter, also claimed it a murder.

Sharmin`s mother Nahida Akter mourns her daughter`s death in Mymensingh on 7 December, 2019. Photo: Anwar Hossain“I can’t get my daughter back. But if the government can reveal the mystery of Sharmin’s death, it’ll make me happy,” she told Prothom Alo.
Earlier police said, Sharmin died probably after she was pushed off a multi-storey building. She could be raped before murder, the police suspected.

DMCH forensic medicine department chief Sohel Mahmud told Prothom Alo that the body bore multiple injury marks.

After further examinations, it could be known whether Sharmin was raped before murder or not, he added.

The students of Stamford University, meanwhile, have been staging demonstrations demanding investigation into the death of the university’s English department student Sharmin.

The students on Friday formed a human chain in the capital’s Bailey Road and later brought out a procession which ended in Siddheswari.

Source: Prothom Alo.


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