Bollywood actress Jiah Khan's suicide continues to make headlines, which is sadly unsurprising given the chain of events that have happened so far. On June 3 Khan was found hanged in her Mumbai home, and a week later, her boyfriend Suraj Pancholi was arrested on suspicion of abetting her death. A six-page suicide note allegedly written by Khan was released to the public by her mother, and then a storm of controversy erupted in the media over the authenticity of the note, with some suggesting that the handwriting didn't match Khan's.
The latest is that Khan's boyfriend Pancholi has been granted bail, three long weeks after his arrest. The Bombay High Court currently says that Pancholi is NOT responsible for Khan's death -- and furthermore, the note Khan left may not have even been intended as a final suicide letter.
Pancholi was granted bail on Monday after the court ruled that he "cannot be held solely responsible" for Khan's suicide. According to Justice Sadhna Jadhav,
No doubt it was unfortunate that a young girl has committed suicide. She (Jiah) must have been impulsive and he (Suraj) cannot be held solely responsible for it. (...) She was in the relationship on her own volition. It all depends on the psyche of the person. It cannot be ignored that Jiah had suicidal tendencies.
The court noted that Khan had made a previous suicide attempt, after which Pancholi took care of her. Other revelations that came out in court: Khan was very possessive of Pancholi and jealous that he spent more time on his career than on their relationship, and there was a "misunderstanding" between Khan and Pancholi on the night of her death that caused her to be in "a rage of fury."
Also, the court stated that the letters, which were recovered from Khan's house, can not be interpreted as a suicide note:
The question is if the script recovered from the deceased's house is addressed to the applicant [Pancholi], or is it just extracts from her diary? Whether it can be called a suicide note at all? When there is no date on it can it be linked to the day she committed suicide? ... Therefore it cannot be said that the emotions expressed in the letter ever reached the applicant.
That's interesting, I never thought about the question of how a suicide note can technically be defined as such. Certainly when you read the text that Khan's mother released to the public, it SOUNDS like a final goodbye. Here are the last few lines:
I leave this place with nothing but broken dreams and empty promises. All I want now is to go to sleep and never wake up again. I am nothing. I had everything. I felt so alone even while with you. You made me feel alone and vulnerable. I am so much more than this.
Then again, who's to say Khan didn't write that as part of her own journaling efforts? Is there really any way to know if those words were specifically meant to be read by others after her death, if they were, as reported, found hidden in her personal items?
As any rate, it's yet another twist in a sad case that sounds more and more like a story straight out of the movies.
What do you think of the latest with Jiah Khan? Do you think it's right for the court to rule that her note shouldn't be interpreted as a suicide letter?
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