Indian television actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide on April 1, 2016, has rocked the entire nation. The actress hanged herself from her ceiling fan at her Mumbai residence. While Pratyusha’s friends from the TV industry had been pointing fingers at her boyfriend and live-in partner Rahul Raj Singh in the case, her parents had maintained a dignified silence. It is only after Rahul Raj Singh, who himself was being treated in hospital for a bout of depression, was charged with abetment to suicide that Pratyusha’s mother and father spoke to the media. Here is what they had to say.
Pratyusha’s mother Soma Banerjee said that Rahul Raj Singh “should be hanged to death or kept in prison for the rest of his life”. She added, “He has ruined the life of many girls. He should be kept alive in jail and made to suffer for his entire lifetime.” The Balika Vadhu actress’ father Shankar Banerjee said that they have lodged an FIR against Rahul Raj Singh. Both parents of Pratyusha Banerjee maintained, “Until and unless it is proved that she committed suicide, we won’t accept it.” (India.com on Facebook Live: Why celebrities commit suicide and how it is not the solution – watch it here and share your views.)
Pratyusha’s father recalled the last time he spoke to his daughter before her unfortunate death. “Pratyusha loved astrology. Last time we spoke she spoke about astrology and had said that her life is going through a difficult phase,” he said. The actress’ dad also asked, “Why did Rahul not take her to the nearby nursing home? What was the point of taking her to Kokilaben Hospital?” The said hospital is about half an hour away from the Goregaon home of Pratyusha and Rahul.
Mrs Banerjee’s audio clip with her quivering voice right after Pratyusha’s death had gone viral, and it was believed that TV actress Dolly Bindra had spread it. An FIR has been reportedly filed against Dolly for the act. Also Watch: Pratyusha Banerjee suicide: Friends of actress reveal she earned Rs 1 lakh for a cameo, so talk of financial trouble is bull s**t (Watch video)
Pratyusha’s friends and associates like Kamya Punjabi, Viaks Gupta, Shashank Vyas and Rakhi Sawant held separate press conferences to state some ‘facts’ about Pratyusha Banerjee and Rahul Raj Singh. Rakhi Sawant also demanded a ban on ceiling fans and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the same. (ALSO READ: Pratyusha Banerjee DEAD: 5 things to know about our beloved Anandi from Balika Vadhu!)