Bengali TV actress, Disha Ganguly, 23, has committed suicide due to social pressure caused by her lesbian relationship with another actress.
She was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her home in Kolkata on 9 April, and police reports suggest, it was stress and social stigma that drove her to take this drastic step.
No suicide note was found but police recovered her phone and diary.
A senior police official told dna newspaper
A few months back, this actress friend of Ganguly, started staying at her apartment. Soon, Ganguly’s mother arrived from Nairobi (where her parents reside) and objected to their relationship. Her mother even got her friend to move out of the apartment.”
Homosexuality is illegal in Bangladesh and India. A recent survey reports that 59% of the gays in Bangladesh live in fear of being outed.
Ganguly couldn’t bear the thought of never seeing her girlfriend again and marrying a man. When her girlfriend found out Ganguly was dead, she tried to follow her by throwing herself in front of an oncoming train. Locals snatched her to safety just in time, and the woman is now hospitalized.
According to the police, she had a steady relationship with another actor Vivaan Ghosh. A day before she committed suicide, she attend a cricket match with him.
On her way back, she had a heated conversation over the phone with her friend.
While Ganguly’s parents insisted she got married to Ghosh, she was in a fix and stuck in between two relationships.
Sources in the industry also said that Ghosh and Ganguly’s friend fought over her a few days back.
Police reports suggest that the TV actress was drawn into a situation where she battling pressure from her parents, her boyfriend and girlfriend. Eventually, she gave in to death.
Meanwhile, a preliminary postmortem report revealed that she committed suicide two hours after eating dinner.
After examining her phone call history, it was found that the last few calls she made was to Ghosh, her actress friend and her father.