Arish University student's body exhumed for post-mortem amid suspicions of foul play



Sat, 02 Mar 2024 - 08:44 GMT


Sat, 02 Mar 2024 - 08:44 GMT

A file photo of Nayera Salah

A file photo of Nayera Salah

CAIRO – 2 March 2024: The body of a 19-year-old student at Arish University, who reportedly took her own life after suffering psychological pressures, was exhumed on Saturday for a post-mortem examination.

Nayera Salah, a student at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Arish University, has prevailed social media in the country in recent days.

The Public Prosecution announced today that it has reopened the investigation into Nayera's case following suspicions raised by media outlets and social media regarding the cause of her death.

According to the prosecution, Nayera's parents and sister, who were reinterrogated, expressed their suspicion of foul play due to the information circulating around them.

The prosecution stated that the initial investigation, which included questioning Nayera's parents and colleagues at the university hostel, as well as examining the body, did not indicate any foul play in her death.

Nayera allegedly took her own life after being threatened by two colleagues to publish personal information of her, which had a detrimental effect on her mental state.

She was subsequently transported from the university hostel, where she resides approximately 181 miles away from her home in Daqahlia, to Arish General Hospital after experiencing unexplained stomach pain.

Nayera passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital due to severe circulatory failure caused by a toxic substance, according to a relative.

Her family questions the possibility of suicide, citing that Nayera had called them before her death, informing them about her stomach pain.

They believe foul play may be involved.

Her father further asserts that Nayera, who is described as "religious," was fasting on that day and only displayed symptoms of poisoning after breaking her fast.

The two colleagues who may face accusations for threatening Nayera with the release of the non-consensual photos are a male and a female, both of whom were fellow students.

In a statement, the Public Prosecution announced that individuals connected to the incident, based on social media and police investigations, have been summoned for further questioning.

Those implicated or possessing relevant information have been interrogated, and their cell phones have been examined.

The prosecution has also ordered a review of the university's surveillance camera footage.

This incident brings to mind the tragic story of Bassant Khaled, a 17-year-old girl who took her own life in 2022 after being blackmailed with doctored nude photos of herself.

Public outcry on social media demanding justice for Nayera and more effective measures to protect girls from extortion has been widespread, emphasizing the need for preventive actions to stop such occurrences before they happen.



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