Shikha Joshi suicide: Actress’ daughter suspects foul play

Shrawani Joshi, the 19-year-old daughter of actress Shikha Joshi who allegedly committed suicide by slashing her throat, claimed that her mother was a brave woman and could never commit suicide, and said she will fight for justice.

“I will fight till justice is served to her,” Shrawani said while holding cosmetic surgeon Vijay Sharma responsible for her mother’s death.

Shrawani also said the doctor was the reason behind the disruptions in her studies. A second-year student of political science at Delhi University's School of Open Learning, Shrawani was earlier studying in Mumbai. But Shikha feared for her safety following persistent threats from the doctor, and decided to shift with her to her parents' home in Shakarpur in east Delhi.

“All was well until she (Shikha) filed a complaint against the doctor. I was pursuing my studies in Mumbai and my mother's career was in full swing. But his (Sharma) regular threats forced my mother to bring me back to Delhi to stay with my family members. She also gave up her work in Mumbai and would travel to the city only for her case hearings,” Shrawani told a news service in the presence of her maternal uncle Vishesh Joshi.

“These conditions left the family fearing for my safety. I returned to Delhi and was not even allowed to step out of the house. A few days ago, my mother told my uncle to ensure that I don't even use any social networking sites or online chat forums," Shrawani added.

According to Shrawani, this time also the actress had gone to Mumbai to attend court proceedings. But she stayed back as she had another hearing a month later. Madhu Bharti, with whom Shikha was staying, had suggested that instead of going back to Delhi she could pick up some acting assignments in the meanwhile, Shrawani said.

Shikha’s brother claimed it was Madhu Bharti’s delay in taking her to a hospital that caused his sister’s death. He said Madhu should have taken her to a hospital instead of recording the two-minute long video.

Meanwhile, plastic surgeon Vijay, who reportedly went ‘missing has presented himself before the Versova Police three days after the incident. He made a statement that the actress had threatened him on several occasions and demanded money from him.