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Sushant Singh Rajput’s brother-in-law rubbishes therapist Susan Walker’s claims; says, “I leave it to my father-in-law to press charges”
With every passing day, Sushant Singh Rajput‘s death is taking a new turn. While Sushant’s family and ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande are vehemently saying that he could never be depressed, we recently saw therapist Susan Walker coming forward and declaring that the late actor indeed was suffering from depression and bipolar disorder.
Now slamming Susan’s claims is none other than the late actor’s brother-in-law Vishal Kirti.
Vishal is married to Sushant’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti. They are based in the US. He shared a lengthy blog post sharing his ‘independent opinion’ on the theory of mental illness surrounding Sushant’s death. Starting his blog, Vishal wrote, “I am not making any criminal allegations and I am NOT talking on behalf of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father (my father in law). This is an independent opinion and is a response to what was presented by Barkha Dutt (allegedly an audio recording of Susan Walker Moffat, who is alleged to be Sushant’s psychotherapist). I have been watching everything from the sidelines and analyzing the discussions happening around my brother-in-law’s death.”
Kirti went on to add that he cares about women issues but it would be wrong to term the FIR filed against Rhea as misogynistic. “My first point is that caring about women’s issues is not incompatible with filing criminal charges against a female suspect. Calling criminal charges against Rhea misogynistic is an incorrect assessment of the situation. While on average, more men tend to engage in criminal behaviour, criminality is not outside the purview of women,” he stated.
Calling Susan’s claim as unethical and illegal, Vishal further pointed out, “Disclosing mental health information by a psychotherapist/psychologist is not only unethical but also illegal (except for certain circumstances which don’t apply here). I leave it to my father-in-law to press charges on this matter.”
Raising questions over Susan’s claims, Vishal asked, “Diagnosing mental disorders is an arduous task and diagnosing someone Bipolar (I or II) is even more so. Not only do you have to observe the person very closely, but you also have to observe them over long periods of time (it takes six years on average to diagnose after the onset of symptoms). Susan very conveniently diagnoses Sushant in less than two months (perhaps over a couple of appointments), with a life-changing diagnosis. And then she has the audacity to disclose this information in the public domain. If we are to believe Susan, another thing which does become clear is that it was Rhea indeed who was seeking treatment for Sushant and not Sushant himself. Prior to October/November 2019 (and certainly prior to meeting Rhea), as far as I know, no one who has lived with Sushant has ever complained about his mental health, nor has Sushant himself.”
Vishal even questioned Rhea’s role in this entire matter. “Another surprising thing is that setting up appointments and being present at the appointments (both done by Rhea) could be a sign of keeping a tab on Sushant’s conversations with the psychotherapist and keeping evidence of mental health issues so that it can be used later for blackmail or to justify the firm control on his resources. If what was bothering him was Rhea’s gaslighting and blackmail, Sushant probably was not given that privacy to discuss. The more important mental health discussion here could be that of Narcissistic Personality Discorder and/or sociopathy/psychopathy for Rhea. Sushant seemed to have suffered gaslighting at the hands of Rhea, based on the information in the public domain, ” he reasoned.
Lastly, he expressed his disappointment in journalist Barkha Dutt for using Sushant’s example to spread awareness about mental health. “My final point is that of disappointment in Barkha Dutt in this matter. Please understand that I am not attacking all her work. I am very disappointed with the path she chose in this matter. Unless proven in the court of law that Sushant took his own life because of a mental illness that happened without any foul play (gaslighting, blackmail, covert medication, or overt overmedication), this is NOT the example to use to create awareness around mental illness.”
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