Salahuldeen Univer­sity Stu­dent killed in “sus­pi­cious ac­ci­dent”

Rozh­been, a fe­male stu­dent from Salahuldeen Univer­sity died from in­juries sus­tained from fall­ing “un­der an oil truck”.

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

Rozh­been was a stu­dent from North­ern Kur­dis­tan at Salahuldeen, and stud­ied in Er­bil. She died of in­juries sus­tained from an oil truck that re­port­edly crushed her skull and caused se­vere bleed­ing.

The news of Rozh­been’s death has caused quite a stir. Kur­dish news out­lets have cov­ered it ex­ten­sively, and the facts from the ac­tual in­ci­dent are largely un­known. Some me­dia out­lets have claimed that it was a sui­cide at­tempt, while oth­ers raise ques­tions re­gard­ing the po­lice’s role in cap­tur­ing the killer.

Rozheen Mustafa was born on the 21st of March 1992. She was born on the first day of the Kur­dish cal­en­dar, which is called ‘Nawroz’. Her fa­ther in­formed Kur­dish News Agen­cies that he ini­tially wanted to name her ‘Nawroz’ be­cause it is a day of cel­e­bra­tion for Kur­dish peo­ple. How­ever, he ex­plained that the Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties would have been sus­pi­cious of such a name, and feared that it would cause trou­ble for his fam­ily. As a re­sult, he named her ‘Rozh­been’. Her fam­ily lives in a refugee camp, known as Makhmoor, and have been dev­as­tated by the re­cent news of her death, and more im­por­tantly by the sen­sa­tion­al­ist me­dia head­lines it has re­sulted in.

Er­bil’s Coro­ner Head of Press De­part­ment re­vealed that her head was crushed be­cause of the tire pres­sure when the truck hit her. Sherko Sabir ex­plained that her chances of sur­vival af­ter the ac­ci­dent were min­i­mal.

Amina Qadir, one of Rozh­been’s clos­est friends, re­counted her ver­sion of events on that evening. She said, just be­fore the in­ci­dent took place Rozh­been had in­formed her that she was ‘go­ing to leave the dor­mi­tory and get back home’. Qadir fur­ther ex­plained that she called Rozh­been’s fa­ther to in­form him that his daugh­ter was leav­ing the dor­mi­tory, and on her way back home. His fa­ther con­firmed this ver­sion of events, and said his daugh­ter had al­ready in­formed him of her de­par­ture.

At 2.30 PM, Qadir called Rozh­been while she was walking within the dor­mi­tory, but she did not an­swer the call. Later on, Qadir claims to have seen her body fall over the ground, with se­vere head bleed­ing. No one was nearby this ac­ci­dent, and Qadir ex­plained that she started to ‘shout loudly’ and ‘cry for help’.

One of the stu­dents within the dor­mi­tory claims that Rozh­been was talk- ing on the phone when the truck hit her. The in­ci­dent still re­mains murky, and the Po­lice de­part­ment has not re­vealed the ac­tual facts.

Qadir’s friend also re­vealed that Rozh­been was suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion, and that she vis­ited a psy­chol­o­gist to treat her­self in a pub­lic school. This has given rise to many al­le­ga­tions that Rozh­been com­mit­ted sui­cide and was suf­fer­ing from a men­tal dis­or­der.

Dur­ing Rozh­been’s con­do­lence cer­e­mony in the refugee camp within the city of Makhmoor, hun­dreds of her col­leagues and col­lege stu­dents from the Col­lege of Law and Pol­i­tics of Salahuldeen Univer­sity, as well as the head of the Univer­sity came to pay their respects. Among those present were her pro­fes­sors, who ex­pressed sad­ness and dis­may.

Her fa­ther spoke dur­ing the cer­e­mony, he said ‘Rozh­been was a dis­tinc­tive stu­dent and it is ob­vi­ously re­flected in her con­do­lence cer­e­mony. I ed­u­cated her not only for my fam­ily, but also for the Kur­dish so­ci­ety. We fled Turkey 20 years ago, when she was only 40 days old”.

Rozh­been’s fa­ther dis­missed all claims of fa­mil­ial prob­lems, and said his daugh­ter en­joyed a healthy re­la­tion­ship with her fam­ily, adding that she was very close to her mother.

Dr Saadol­lah Ab­bas, vice pres­i­dent of Sala­haddin Univer­sity for stu­dent af­fairs, said that the univer­sity’s le­gal de­part­ment formed an in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee to look into the in­ci­dent. He also added that the univer­sity will be wait­ing to re­ceive the fi­nal re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and le­gal pro­ce­dures will be taken af­ter the re­sult is de­clared.

Rozh­been Mustafa, the Kur­dish stu­dent, who dies in a Leila Qas­sim Dor­mi­tory a few days ago in the cap­i­tal city of Er­bil.

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