Jiah Khan suicide case: I will fight for the truth till my last breath, says mum Rabbiya

Bollywood actor Jiah Khan was found hanging in her apartment in 2013. Now, actor Sooraj Pancholi has been charged with abetment to suicide. Jiah’s mother, Rabbiya, talks about what she expects.

bollywood Updated: Feb 03, 2018 11:08 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Jiah Khan,Sooraj Pancholi,Salman Khan
The 2013 suicide case of actor Jiah Khan (left) is now going to trial, with her mother Rabbiya Khan being the complainant.

Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi has been charged with abetment to suicide by a Mumbai sessions court in the case of actor Jiah Khan’s 2013 suicide. Finally, the trial is set to start on February 14 this year. Jiah’s mother Rabbiya Khan, the complainant in the case, says that she’s ready to fight the battle and is waiting for the truth to come out.

“I’m partially happy,” Rabbiya tells us in a telephone conversation. “At least, the momentum has begun and we can now actually fight the case. I’ve given all the findings to the Supreme Court and they made the sessions court the fact-finder. It was a good thing that we could persuade the judge to look into the matter. I will fight for the truth till my last breath,” adds Rabbiya, who is in London and will fly back to India before the trial begins.

In June 2013, Bollywood actor Jiah Khan was found hanging in her apartment in Juhu, Mumbai.

Jiah, whose filmography includes Nishabd (2007), Ghajini (2008), and Housefull (2010), committed suicide — so far, the case is being treated as suicide — in her flat in Juhu, Mumbai, in 2013. A six-page suicide note was found in the apartment; in it, Jiah spoke of being in a very unhappy relationship with Sooraj.

“Let me tell you, my daughter was far braver than I can ever be,” says Rabbiya. “She left her comfortable life in London, to follow her passion and this is what happened to her. It has been very painful for me and my family in the past so many years.”

Rabbiya says that she will only be able to decide her plan of action once she is back. “I’ll come back to India and then see what needs to be done next. The only thing which keeps me going is the truth,” says the emotional mother. “Justice is a very big word for me. All I want to know is who did this to my daughter. As a mother, it’s my right to know and I will keep fighting for this till I don’t get an answer.”

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First Published: Feb 03, 2018 11:08 IST