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‘I was a victim of domestic abuse on multiple occasions, not my mother,’ TV actress’ daughter posts clarification

After a TV actor’s husband was arrested on Sunday for allegedly sexually harassing his wife’s daughter from her first marriage, the girl in question has written about the subject on social media.

tv Updated: Aug 13, 2019 12:43 IST
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
A Mumbai-based TV actor was arrested on Sunday for allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting his actress wife’s daughter from her first marriage.
A Mumbai-based TV actor was arrested on Sunday for allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting his actress wife’s daughter from her first marriage.(HT Photo)
         

On Sunday, the husband of a Mumbai-based actress was arrested for allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting his wife’s daughter from her first marriage. Now the daughter has written about it on Instagram clarifying she was “a victim of domestic abuse NOT my mother”.

In a long note, she further went on to say that the person in question never “physically molested me, or touched me inappropriately” but he went on to “persistently make inappropriate and disturbing remarks the impact of which is only known to my mother and I, and if any woman from any walk of life were to hear them she would be greatly embarrassed and provoked too. Words which would question the standing dignity of any woman, which you wouldn’t expect to hear from any man, especially not your ‘father’”.

According to Samta Nagar police, the actress approached them on Sunday afternoon with her daughter. A first information report (FIR) was lodged against the man under section 354-A (sexual harassment), 323 (causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, act or gesture to insult modesty of woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 67-A (transmitting obscene material) of the Information Technology Act.

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As per the FIR, the actress alleged that her husband was sexually harassing her daughter since October 2017. She alleged that he had been using obscene language while speaking with her daughter and also used to show her obscene photos of models on his mobile phone. She claimed he also assaulted her daughter.

Here is the complete text of what the actress’ daughter wrote:

Firstly, i would like to thank everyone who’s reached out to express their concern and support. Secondly, i would like to address and clarify a few things out of my own rectitude:

The media does not have the facts and they never will. I was on multiple occasions a victim of domestic abuse NOT my mother, except for the day that the complaint was filed he hadn’t hit my mother. As a reader of the news its often easy to forget that you do not know the truth of what goes on behind closed doors or how much fortitude my mother has shown in both her marriages. This is someone’s household you’re writing about, someone’s life you’re discussing. Many of you fortunately haven’t even dealt with something of such heinous proportions, and hence you have no right to comment, discuss or paint someone else’s image through your biased, misinformed views.

It’s beyond disgusting and its time that i stand up for my mother for she is the strongest person i know and since out of all of us I’m the only person who’s witnessed her struggle day in and day out, my opinion is the only one that matters.

He has never physically molested me, or touched me inappropriately. Before spreading something of this caliber or even believing it, its imperative you as readers know the veracity of the facts that you’re blindly divulging endlessly. However, he did persistently make inappropriate and disturbing remarks the impact of which is only known to my mother and I, and if any woman from any walk of life were to hear them she would be greatly embarrassed and provoked too. Words which would question the standing dignity of any woman, which you wouldn’t expect to hear from any man, especially not your “father”. Seeing our lives through social media, reading about us in the papers can only tell you so much about our struggles, but never enough to comment on them. Today as a proud daughter, I’m here to tell you that my mother is the most respectable individual that I’ve ever come across, the MOST self sufficient, one who’s never required or even had a man provide for her and has always taken the social standing of a “man” in both the families that we’ve been a part of.

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First Published: Aug 13, 2019 12:39 IST

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