Before she hanged herself, she wrote to her son: Tonight, I will sleep with Geetika
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Every day since her daughter Geetika Sharma hanged herself on August 5 last year, Anuradha Sharma (51) spent hours thinking and talking about the case.
Her routine remained unchanged — every morning she would prepare lunch for her husband and son. Later, her husband, Dinesh, dropped Anuradha to her office.
At 2.30 pm, she took a Metro to Hauz Khas, where her son Ankit (22) works as a fashion designer. Here, Anuradha and Ankit would have lunch together and then go for a short walk near the lake located inside the 13th Century Hauz Khas Fort. During the walk they would discuss "the case".
At night, Anuradha went through the diary she maintained on the trial of Geetika's suicide. She noted every development — significant or minor — and would often check the meaning of legal terms on the Internet
Ankit recalls: It was "a battle she was determined to fight".
On February 15, the routine was altered. "She (Anuradha) called me at 2.30 pm on Friday saying that she was busy and asked me to have lunch without her. Something happened between 2.30 and 5.30 pm, (during this period she) returned home, went to my sister's room and hanged herself exactly the same way Geetika had. Those three hours have the missing link to my mother's death," Ankit told Newsline on Sunday.
Geetika, a former MDLR airhostess, was found hanging in a room at the family's Ashok Vihar residence in Northwest Delhi. In her suicide note, Geetika named her boss, former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda and MDLR general manager Aruna Chadha.
The two names figure in Anuradha's suicide note as well.
Ankit has reportedly asked police to inspect call records of Anuradha's office phone, which he believes can provide vital clues to what made his mother take her life.