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AAP MLA Somnath Bharti’s wife complains of domestic violence, DCW issues notice

The Delhi Commission for Women on Wednesday served a notice to party leader Somnath Bharti after his wife's lodged a complaint of domestic violence.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: June 11, 2015 9:13:05 am
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The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Wednesday issued a notice to AAP MLA and former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti following a complaint of domestic violence filed by his wife Lipika Mitra. DCW chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh said Mitra had approached the commission on Wednesday with a 26-page complaint in which she alleged that Bharti physically and verbally abused her and also did not give her money to look after their two children.

“We have issued a notice to Bharti and asked him to appear before the commission on June 26 at 3 pm,” Singh said. She said 40-year-old Mitra, who belongs to Kolkata, met Bharti in 2010 through a matrimonial website. They tied the knot soon after. However, they started having differences after the marriage and Mitra filed a similar complaint before another forum in 2011.

“She filed a complaint in 2011 but the couple resolved their differences later. However, she said, Bharti did not stop assaulting her after that. She has bruises all over her arm,” DCW’s Singh said.

 

Bharti could not be reached for a comment. He, however, tweeted, “I am in Kerala for (AAP) party work and shocked to learn from TV about wife’s complaint. Deeply pained to know that my wife has gone public with a family matter.”

He later told PTI, “All this started after I missed my son’s birthday… as there were two days of Delhi Assembly sessions. I missed it and forgot about it and that led to all this.”

In two other tweets, Bharti said, “Allegations of domestic violence, if any, are baseless and inconceivable. I love my wife and my little children. I urge the media to respect my privacy.”

 

According to Mitra’s complaint, Singh said, she alleged that before they got married, Bharti had told Mitra that he owned an international law firm when he was a merely a lawyer.

Singh said the DCW will write a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday, asking him to pay Bharti’s MLA salary to his wife and children.

Mitra, who was at the commission on Wednesday, told reporters that she and Bharti have had differences for too long and she wanted a separation.

She said, “If Bharti fails to appear before the commission we will resort to legal action and file an FIR against him.”

 

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