Rakhi Sawant at press conference for pratyusha banerjee

The suicide of Balika Vadhu actress Pratyusha Banerjee has shaken us up, and her friends from the industry are also affected. Pratyusha committed suicide in Mumbai on April 1, 2016, by hanging herself to death. Among the earliest people to gather outside the Kokilaben Hospital in Andheri West, Mumbai, were Rakhi Sawant, Jai Bhanushali, Kamya Punjabi and Dolly Bindra. Rakhi Sawant has been speaking about Pratyusha right from that fateful day, saying that she wasn’t depressed but looked tense about Rahul Raj Singh, her live-in partner. Rakhi held a press conference in Mumbai today and in her usual dramatic style, held a ceiling fan for all to see, demanding a ban on it.

Pratyusha Banerjee had used the ceiling fan to hang herself to death. At the press conference, Rakhi Sawant held out the fan and made a request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban it. She added, “Our bahu-beityaan (daughters-in-law, daughters) commit suicide by hanging themselves from this ceiling fan. I want ceiling fans to go away. I request PM Modi to have ceiling fans removed from every household.” She urged citizens to use table fans instead. “If you love your daughter or sister, then remove the ceiling fan from your house and use a table fan or AC instead,” said Rakhi. Watch Rakhi Sawant in her fiery press conference demanding a ban on the ceiling fan that urges people to commit suicide:

While Rakhi Sawant is being made fun of for asking a ban on the ceiling fan, for families who have gone through a loved one dying by hanging themselves from the fan, we think it’s a serious suggestion. Why not use a table fan, cooler or air conditioner? A fan is used by a family for comfort and not for memories that someone used it to commit suicide. What do you think? India.com had a discussion on Facebook Live on Why celebrities commit suicide and how it is not the solution – watch it here and share your views.

Pratyusha played the grown up Anandi on Balika Vadhu, the show focussed on the evils of child marriage. She had also participated in reality shows such as Bigg Boss 7, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 and Power Couple.

Some of Pratyusha Banerjee’s friends like Kamya, Shashank Vyas, Leena Dias and Vikas Gupta held a press conference earlier in the week to point out that there is some foul play in the Pratyusha suicide, as things were not going right between her and boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh. Watch it here: 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)