Charged with rape, Delhi model’s husband beat her for her ‘lifestyle’

  • Ananya Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 29, 2016 11:15 IST
Nitin Chawla (R), the husband of Priyanka Kapoor. Chawla has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. (HT Photo)

Nitin Chawla and Priyanka Kapoor’s marriage was doomed from the start. A clash of lifestyles often led to arguments and even violence. Chawla struggled to cope with his wife.

Sources said Priyanka, who frequented night parties before marriage, started feeling suffocated after Nitin asked her to stop drinking and settle down as a homemaker.

Nitin told the police he could no longer continue to wait for her late into the night. He said after about a month, he began beating her.

An event manager, Priyanka Kapoor allegedly committed suicide early Friday. Her suicide note blamed husband and her frequent beatings.

Rape case against Nitin

Priyanka learnt that her husband was a rape accused a few weeks into the marriage. A model in Mumbai had filed a rape complaint against him. She reportedly threatened to tell everyone about the case filed by the woman in April 2014. “Nitin was reportedly living with the model and had developed intimate relations with her, promising marriage. When the woman found out that he was already married, she filed the rape complaint. He was arrested, but later released on bail,” an investigator said.

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Sources also said the police had received information about Nitin’s involvement in cases of cheating and fraud, which are yet to be verified.

A file photo of Delhi-based model Priyanka Kapoor. She was found dead in Defence Colony. (HT Photo)

Trouble began much before marriage

During questioning, Nitin told the police that he was “upset” with Priyanka’s conduct and often asked her to mend her ways, but she refused to listen. This made him angry. He told the police that she never cared about her marriage and her step son, which infuriated him. “He said she was used to leading a lavish lifestyle and he was unable to meet her demands. He recently suffered losses in his business. He feared that she would leave him for money. He has also accused her of not visiting his parents in Meera Bagh after marriage,” a source said.

Police sources said in August last year, Priyanka reportedly went missing. Nitin and her sister had filed a police complaint at the Lajpat Nagar police station. The police later found her at the city five star hotel.

“She had visited the hotel with one of her male friends and was found unconscious in the room. Nitin took her to Max hospital in Saket. Doctors said she had fallen unconscious after a drug overdose. The nature of drug was, however, not ascertained. She returned home the next day,” a source told HT.

Her past

Nitin in his interrogation said he was unhappy about his wife being close to her male friend. This resulted in frequent clashes between the two. He said Priyanka was close to him before marriage and had also gone to Egypt with him.

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