The death of a model who learned that her husband was already married has shone a light into the world of Muslim polygamy in Britain.
Sahar Daftary, 23, fell 150 feet from the twelfth story of a block of apartments where she had gone to collect her belongings at the home of a businessman whom she had married in a religious ceremony last year.
The Times (London)
Her husband, Rashid Jamil, 33, was arrested on suspicion of murder but bailed by police after they found no evidence that the death was anything other than an accident or suicide.
Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, the head of the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain, told The Times: “This story is very common, unfortunately. We have tried to plug some of the holes in the whole system, but unfortunately our clerics do not live on this planet.
“They don’t understand. For them, controlling the sexuality of the woman is far more important than justice, so we have this problem.”
Model and former “Face of Asia” winner Sahar Daftary fell to her death from the 12th floor of an apartment building in England, police say.
“Witnesses have said there was no shouting or ranting — just a single scream. It is being looked at as either suicide or a horrible accident,” a police source told The Daily Mail.
The 24-year-old model died during the weekend after falling 150 feet at the building where she had gone to pick up her belongings from an apartment she shared with her ex-boyfriend, a property developer who hasn’t been named to the media, the newspaper reported.
The model’s former beau reportedly was arrested and interviewed by police, then released on bail.
“We are all shocked and devastated. Sahar was very beautiful — she loved life and she was always the center of the party,” Daftary’s friend, Afrah Sami, told The Daily Mail. “She met (the boyfriend) in Manchester and they were very happy. Then she won the ‘Face of Asia’ competition and got several big contracts. She seemed to have the world at her feet. But she discovered that he was married and became very unhappy.