On Monday, Namrita Chandani, a final year student of Bibi Asifa Dental College in Pakistan’s Larkana was found dead in her hostel room.
Local police said it was too early to say whether she had committed suicide or had been murdered.
In a suspected hate crime, the body was found lying on a charpai with a rope tied to her neck while her room was locked from inside.
Chandani, who belonged to Mirpur Mathelo, a taluka of Ghotki, was found lying on a charpai.
However, her family has alleged that Chandani was killed because she was a minority.
“She has been murdered,” said his brother while speaking to media.
Adding to this he said, “while his sister was wearing a dupatta, the marks around her neck resembled that of a cable wire.”
“There are marks on other parts of her body too like a person was holding her. We are a minority, please stand up for us,” he said.
The body was shifted to the district headquarter hospital for postmortem, but the police awaited her parents to arrive from Karachi for their consent.
Chandani was discovered when her colleagues knocked at her room’s door and grew worried when she did not respond for several minutes.
They somehow managed to look inside the room from the crack in the door.
Her friends informed the police saying, “She was neither responding to the knocking at the door nor to our shouting.”
Later, the hostel’s watchman broke the door, only to find the student lying dead.
Larkana DIG Irfan Ali Baloch has given the incident’s inquiry to SSP Masood Ahmed Bangash.
The vice-chancellor of the medical college Anila Attaur Rehman said the incident appeared to be one of suicide but the police and the medico-legal report will be able to ascertain the actual cause of death after the postmortem.