Police name man ‘responsible for Dr Maha Shah’s suicide’

By: News Desk      Published: 10:38 PM, 22 Aug, 2020
Police name man ‘responsible for Dr Maha Shah’s suicide’
The late Dr. Syeda Maha Shah.–File photo

Karachi police have completed the investigation into Dr Maha Shah’s suicide and come to the conclusion that her friend Junaid is responsible for the incident. 

Police have said that Maha committed suicide in depression and Junaid was the cause of depression. The investigation report says that Junaid would subject Maha to physical torture and his torture was the reason she took the extreme step. 

In the latest report, police have also rejected an earlier medicolegal report, which said that a bullet pierced the left side of Maha’s head and came out from the right side. 

Maha’s friends Tabish and Saad are currently in the police custody. According to the police, the 9mm pistol Maha shot herself with was owned by Saad

According to SSP Sheraz Nazir, Maha told her friend Tabish that she needed a pistol and Tabish got this pistol from Saad and gave it to Maha. According to the police, Maha was suffering from extreme depression when she returned home from duty on the day of incident. 

Maha’s father Asif Shah and her sister were present at home when she returned home. Soon after arriving home, she went to the washroom, locked it from inside, turned the shower on and shot herself in the head. She was shifted to hospital within seven minutes after the incident and she died there during treatment. 

Recording his statement to the police a day earlier, Junaid had said that he and Maha were going to tie the knot soon. He said that Maha was at bad terms with her parents and she was having arguments with them frequently. He said he would pick and drop Maha to the hospital every day. He said that Maha had told him not to visit her house the day she committed suicide. He said that Maha had been suffering from mental stress due to her domestic problems. 

Police said that a case against Junaid would be registered only on the application of Maha’s family. 

Less known by her full name Dr. Syeda Maha Shah, the 25-year-old medical professional was living in a house her father had rented in Karachi a few days ago. She introduced herself as social media influencer and had a large following on Instagram. Her social media followers called Maha’s suicide a murder and called for an investigation.