TV actress Malvi Malhotra who was stabbed thrice by a producer-stalker on Tuesday is under treatment at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. The actress in an interview with a leading daily said that she has undergone plastic surgery and spoke about her ordeal and said that she was brought to the hospital by people who saw the incident happen and spoke at length about the harassment that she was subjected to by the producer-stalker before he stabbed her. The accused, Yogesh Mahipal Singh, was on Tuesday night traced to a hospital at Vasai in neighbouring Palghar district by the Versova police team.
Talking to the daily, Malvi said, “There were a few people who were cycling on that road when the incident happened. They brought me to the hospital.” Talking about the time she went for a meeting with a DOP of a show, she said, “I had just come from Dubai, I was there for 15 days. I thought the harassment would stop. But Yogesh stalked me on the phone even there, and even when I blocked him, he was at it from different numbers. After my meeting which happened at a cafe in Seven Bunglows (Andheri), I was walking back home since my home is just 5 minutes away from that coffee shop. Suddenly, Yogesh came in a car and said that I should talk to him and why I was avoiding him. I told him to stop the tamasha. Instead, he got down from the car and stabbed me in my stomach. Next, he wanted to injure my face. I kept my hand on the face to avoid any injuries but his knife went deep into my right hand and wounded it badly. The fingers region in my left hand also got inflicted with bruises. I went down on the ground as I had started to bleed profusely."
Malvi said that she was avoiding Yogesh ever since she met him after her visit to Ooty a few months back where she was shooting for a Tamil film and said, “It was our third meeting. I had met him on professional grounds twice before in January 2020, he said he wanted to cast me in a music video he was making. He has worked with many established actors from TV. At this third meeting, he told me that he loves me and wants to marry me. I politely told him that is not possible but we can still remain friends. After that, I refrained from meeting him."
The actress said that Yogesh kept his distance for a while but then started sending her messages. She said, “He started messaging me and I knew he was clearly on some other trip. I had to clearly tell him to stop it. It was getting too much; once he waited for 10 hours outside my building." Apparently, Malvi had not spoken about the harassment and stalking to either her parents or relatives of her close friend-actor Prashant Bajaj. Defending her action, she said, “I don't like unnecessary fights. Aise log toh messages karte rehte hain. How would I think that this man would do such a thing? I think it will take 2-3 months before I am alright. Right now, the fingers of my left hand are not moving. The knife incision in my stomach was about 1.5 inches."
Bajaj also chimed in and told the daily, “Whatever has happened is terrible. Malvi is in deep pain and agony. I still can't forget the phone from Malvi's call 'bachao mujhe, woh mujhe chaaku maar raha hai' that night. I think it happened around 8.30 pm. Even when she doses off for a while, Malvi thinks that someone is inserting a knife into her mouth. Malvi's parents are expected to be in Mumbai (arriving from Himachal Pradesh) by tomorrow or day-after.”
(Source: Bombay Times)