Model Falls to Her Death in England
Sahar Daftary, 23, who was crowned the Face of Asia last year, fell from a 12th floor flat in Manchester at the weekend.
Her 33-year-old former lover was arrested on suspicion of murder but was released on bail without charge.
Initial findings suggested Miss Daftary’s death appeared to be either a tragic accident or suicide, police sources said.
At the family home in Brentford, west London, her mother said: “I don’t believe my daughter would have done this herself. She had booked a holiday to Dubai and also it is against her religion.
“We don’t know exactly what happened to Sahar. We are just waiting for news from Manchester when we should know more. The truth will come out.”
Her brother-in-law Joe Karim said: “She would never commit suicide. It was against everything she believed in. She had everything to live for. She was a beautiful, intelligent, religious woman.”
The family said Miss Daftary had given up modelling and had started a course at Thames Valley university studying business and accounting.
She had recently split from Rashid Jamil, a property developer, after discovering he had already been married, the family said.
She was also upset that a sexually explicit video of her had appeared on the internet.
Her family, who are Sunni Muslims originally from Afghanistan, said Miss Daftary and Mr Jamil went through an Islamic ceremony declaring their love for each other at the Holiday Inn in Brentford in December last year.
After the split she had gone to his £200,000 flat in Manchester to remove her possessions. During the visit she fell from the window.
Police have confirmed that her former boyfriend rang 999 saying he needed help. He later rang police to say she was dead.
According to her family Miss Daftary had been looking forward to celebrating her birthday on Christmas Day in Dubai.
Their solicitor Brian Koffman said: “The family are devastated at the tragic loss of Sahar. She had pre-booked a flight to Dubai to celebrate her 24th birthday on Christmas Day with five friends.
“We firmly believe there is no way she would have committed suicide. It would be contrary to her religious beliefs.”
One of her friends Fatima Raddani, 30, already in Dubai, said: “She was beautiful, very friendly and very happy. She was loved by all.
“Sahar would not dream of doing anything like this. She was a very straight girl. It is not like Sahar. She was not even in that mindset.”
Tributes also poured in to the model on a social networking website.
Her cousin Zareen Qadri, 20, said: “She was the best. She was the most beautiful person both inside and out that you could have met.”
Friend Diwa Zai said : “I can’t live without you Sahar, why did you leave me?”
The couple had declared their love in an Islamic ceremony last year.
More on the story via:
* Daily Telegraph
* New York Magazine