Naila Rind’s mysterious ‘suicide’
An ambassador of the future, a brilliant student of the University of Sindh Jamshoro, Naila Rind, who was in her twenties and about to earn Master’s degree in Sindhi, died as 2017 began. Her death took place at the undergraduate hostel on the first eve of the new year when she is said to have committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her room. She apparently decided to commit suicide after returning from Qambar city after the winter vacations in order to complete her dissertation.
The findings of the police investigation are raising more questions than answering them. The initial police statement said that there were 3,000 SMS messages in Roman Urdu and Sindhi on Naila’s mobile phone that needed to be read. But it subsequently emerged that the phone record had been deleted. She apparently had the presence of mind to delete this information after taking a heavy dose of sleeping pills as asserted by the police. It was in this drugged state that she also apparently managed to hang herself to death—a feat which involves a certain amount of logistics to say the least.
Naila’s family has rejected her death as a suicide and rubbished theories that she was involved with someone. They say she was entirely focused on her education. In an initial statement, Naila’s brother Nisar Rind denied that she had depression or had any complaints when she left home. A recent press conference by the SHO has contradicted this with the officer claiming that Nisar Rind said that she was disturbed at home and when asked had said that she was being “harassed and blackmailed”. If this were indeed the case, then it is hard to understand why a family would allow a young woman who has just complained of harassment and blackmail to go back to a hostel that was likely to be empty due to the winter vacation.
The case was pronounced as ‘solved’ with the help of evidence of Naila’s alleged three-month frequent contact with Anees Khaskheli, a lecturer at a private college in Jamshoro. It is also bewildering to hear in a press conference that Khaskheli has been blackmailing 30 girls; how was the exact figure of 30 girls estimated? Did 30 such women contact the police? And why would a woman like Naila not report a cybercrime despite being educated? Has Khaskheli confessed?
Who and how was a supposed three-month relationship between Naila and Khaskheli ascertained from Facebook? Was this disclosed from their Facebook accounts or a third party?
Meanwhile, contradictory theories abound. The most popular one is that she committed suicide because he refused to marry her and was blackmailing her with photos and videos. But if HE refused to marry her, why would he blackmail her?
The writer is a lecturer at the University of Sindh’s Badin campus