Rati Agnihotri is not the first celebrity to report domestic violence

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 14:43 IST

Rati Agnihotri, known for films such as Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981) and Coolie (1983), recently filed a complaint against her husband of 29 years, Anil Virmani, accusing him of harassing and torturing her. This is not the first time that celebrities have come out reveal the trouble in their marriages. We look at a few other cases.

Om Puri-Nandita Puri: The couple has been married for over 20 years now, but over the last few years, their marital life has been marred by several problems. A few years ago, Nandita filed a police complaint against Om Puri, accusing that he hurled brass and bamboo artefacts at her. According to her, one of these hit her right elbow. She said that he even threatened to kill her and pushed her against the wall. The case is still in court.

Leander Paes-Rhea Pillai: In June 2014, Rhea filed a domestic violence case against Leander and his father, Vece Paes. She also complained that Leander’s father prevented her and her daughter from entering their Carter Road residence. The duo is also fighting for the custody of their daughter.

Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh: Back in 1997, there were reports that Neetu called up a police station one night, telling them that her husband, Rishi, has beaten her up under the influence of alcohol. But when the police reached their house, the couple denied making any such call. However, at the time, rumour mills were abuzz about the turmoil in their marriage. Rishi Kapoor was even quoted as saying, “Which marriage doesn’t have ups and downs?”

Raja Chaudhary-Shweta Tiwari: The couple shared a tumultuous relationship for the longest time before getting divorced in 2007 after Shweta filed a domestic violence case against Raja. In 2011, the TV actor filed another domestic violence complaint against him when he barged into her house and assaulted her and her friend who was present there.

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