Updated: June 25, 2015 6:11:37 pm
TV actors Daljeet Kaur and Shaleen Bhanot’s fairytale love story has hit the rocks and the couple is fighting a bitter divorce battle.
In a tell-all interview with the Times Of India, Daljeet Kaur opened up about her abusive marriage of five years.
She says, “Trouble in our marriage started the next day of our wedding, when my mother-in-law stopped talking to me because she wasn’t happy with the wedding gifts. Status-wise, we are very different and they always knew about it. My father has three daughters and couldn’t afford the kind of wedding they expected.”
Daljeet and Shaleen had met on the sets of the TV show ‘Kulvaddhu’ in 2006 and fell in love. They even won the fourth season of celebrity couple dance show ‘Nach Baliye’ and got married soon after.
During pregnancy, Daljeet had developed severe asthma problems, but even then Shaleen never used to accompany her to the doctors. Daljeet further adds that Shaleen didn’t even want her to undergo caesarean and had accused her of influencing the doctors.
Soon after they returned home, Shaleen stopped accompanying Daljeet and their son Shaarav for the baby’s vaccinations. “He was never there – physically, emotionally or financially. He would go missing every night. It was evident from his behaviour that he is involved with other women,” Daljeet says.
The actress also recalls how Shaleen was violent since the start of their marriage. “He pushed me in my father’s presence. My thigh was bruised for almost a month. But I forgave him, thinking it takes time for a marriage to work. On another occasion, he twisted my arm in front of his parents. But I finally decided enough was enough, when he came charging towards me while I had Shaarav in my arms. It could have turned fatal for my 40-day-old premature child. That day, I left for my parents’ home in Bangalore,” she says.
Daljeet then went to her father’s home, but she didn’t want to be a burden on her retired father. She says, “Shaleen was also keen to give our marriage another chance. My parents didn’t speak to me for months after I chose to return to him. I hoped he would change, but within two days, he was back to square one. He even stopped paying for Shaarav’s food. Then, on April 27 this year, a friend called me saying he had seen Shaleen kissing a girl under our building. When I confronted him, he grabbed me by my throat, pinned me against the wall and tried to strangle me. My maid pleaded with him to leave me. Fortunately, he left the house instantly and never returned. That’s when I decided to file an FIR. The medical report clearly states that I had strangulation marks and my neck was swelling by the minute,” she states.
Shaleen has managed to get bail all three times their case came up for hearing. “I want Shaleen behind bars and justice for myself. Hope I am not denied it just because I can’t afford expensive lawyers,” she says.
“I feel no shame in admitting that I am broke today. I can’t afford the rent and if I don’t work, I don’t even know how I will buy milk for my baby next month. Shaarav has just joined school and I spent all my meagre savings on it. I want him to be in a happy atmosphere, no matter what. I don’t even mind working at a call centre to take care of my kid,” she says.
However, when contacted, Shaleen had a different version of the story. He said, “I married for love, the break-up is unfortunate. God knows I gave it my best to hold my family together to pass the storm. But I respect my little son’s mother enough to grace her accusations with silence in public. I have full faith in our court of law. All I want is to see my son Shaarav whom I am really missing and have not met since two months.”
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