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Bobby Darling files for divorce from husband Ramneek Sharma citing violence, unnatural sex

Actor Bobby Darling has filed for divorce from her husband, Ramneek Sharma, citing domestic violence and unnatural sex.

tv Updated: Sep 04, 2017 15:53 IST
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Bobby Darling married Bhopal-based businessman Ramneek Sharma in February 2016. She underwent sex change surgery in Bangkok in 2015.

Actor Bobby Darling has filed for divorce from her husband, Ramneek Sharma, citing domestic violence and unnatural sex. Speaking with Bombay Times, the actor said, “Ramneek would beat me up after getting drunk and accuse me of having extramarital affairs with every second man.”

Bobby alleged that Sharma “usurped” her “property and money.”

“He made me give him co-ownership of my flat in Mumbai, and did the same when we bought our penthouse in Bhopal. He also bought a SUV using my money immediately after the marriage,” she said. “Now, I am left with nothing.”

To keep an eye on her, Bobby said that Sharma “paid the building’s security guards” who “would inform him of all (her) moves.”

“He kept a tab on who I spoke with and where I went. Tired of the constant bickering, I suggested that we get divorced with mutual consent, but on the condition that I would get my property and the car back. However, he didn’t agree to it. I want my property back so that I can sell it off and move back to Mumbai,” she said.

Bobby also told HT that she is facing a threat to her life, “My husband has a criminal record which I was unaware of at the time of marriage. After my marriage, I saw him getting violent with even his mom and brother. You can check with the Bhopal Police.”

HT has a copy of the complaint Bobby sent to IG Bhopal, Yogesh Chaudhary. The complaint mentions her husband, mother-in-law and brother-in-law and how Bobby has lodged an FIR in Shalimar Bagh, Delhi. The complaint also says that a policeman was helping Ramneek. Chaudhary said that Bobby has shared her complaint with him, “Bobby has shared screenshots with me over WhatsApp and I have forwarded the complaint to my DSP. I think they have taken cognisance of the matter.”

Bobby has registered an FIR with the Delhi Police and also alleged dowry harassment against Sharma, his mother and brother.

Bobby’s lawyer Meera Kaura Patel said, “This case is unique and challenging in the sense that it is for the first time in Indian history -- to my knowledge -- that a member from LGBT community has knocked the doors of the legal system as a woman after changing her gender. LGBT community is very vulnerable in India. We need to see how legal system will help and protect Bobby. She has filed a case against Ramneek for cheating (section 420), breach of trust (section 406), matrimonial cruelty (section 498A) and unnatural sex (section 377).”

The one-year she spent with Sharma was filled with abuse, she said.“I have faced a lot of domestic violence. I still can’t move my left hand freely and limp while walking. My speech is also slurred. I would cry like a child and pee in my clothes while pleading with him to stop hitting me.”

Speaking about how she finally decided to flee their Bhopal home for New Delhi, the actor told the tabloid: “Ramneek had gone out to get his phone repaired and I seized the opportunity. I booked a cab and told the cabbie to give the wrong address to the building’s security guards. Had they realised the cab had come to fetch me, they would have informed Ramneek. I packed my belongings and important documents in two suitcases and fled to the airport. Fearing that he would come for me, I spent eight hours in the airport washroom. I also switched off my phone so that my whereabouts couldn’t be traced.”

Bobby married the Bhopal-based businessman in February 2016. She underwent sex change surgery in Bangkok in 2015.

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First Published: Sep 04, 2017 12:07 IST