Spoilers: Kheerat helps Chantelle in EastEnders but he hides a big secret
Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plummer) asked Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol) for some money in EastEnders to aid in securing her a divorce lawyer, and he does what he can to help.
Upon the BBC One soap’s return last night (September 7), Chantelle set in motion her escape from abusive Gray (Toby-Alexander Smith) after a tough lockdown period.
She met with a divorce lawyer — who informed her that even if Gray isn’t willing to comply with her request for a divorce, he cannot keep her in a marriage she wants to dissolve.
While this was no doubt good news, Chantelle soon realised that she would need a lot of money if she wants to continue with the divorce process.
Therefore, she headed to speak to Kheerat, and asked him if he could lend her a couple of thousand — but pleaded with him not to ask her what for.
EastEnders domestic violence – get support
Two thirds of women who were experiencing abuse from their partner/ex-partner in June told a Women’s Aid study that their abuser had started using lockdown restrictions or the Covid-19 virus and its consequences as part of the abuse. (66.7% of those answering question – Women’s Aid Survivor Survey, June 2020).
At the height of lockdown over three quarters of women living with an abuser said they felt they could not leave or get away because of the pandemic. (78.6% of those answering question – Women’s Aid Survivor Survey, April 2020).
You can get support and information from Women’s Aid by visiting the website or contacting the free instant messaging service.
You can get support and information from Refuge – which holds a comprehensive and detailed guide to seeking help on the website.
In tonight’s episode (September 8), Kheerat does what he can to help, and therefore acquires her as much money as he can.
However, in spite of her request in the previous episode, he pushes her to explain why she needs the cash — and more importantly, why Gray cannot help her out.
As a result, Chantelle admits that it for a divorce — something which leaves Kheerat in shock.
He promises to help her, and they share a moment.
However, what Chantelle, or presumably anyone, doesn’t know is that Kheerat is struggling with money troubles of his own — and they’ve gone from bad to worse.
Will he tell anyone?
EastEnders continues Tuesday September 8 at 7:35pm on BBC One.
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