Domestic violence: Still a reality in modern day India

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The social media was flooded with an appalling video clip of a man thrashing his wife.

Purushottam Sharma a Director General ranked IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre was at the centre of a viral video clip where he was seen beating his wife. His wife had allegedly caught him red-handed having an extramarital affair and had confronted him. His son ParthGautam Sharma an IRS officer allegedly wrote a letter to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, home minister Narottam Mishra and director general of police VivekJohari, accusing his father of domestic violence against his mother. The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday relieved Sharma, who was in charge of Directorate of Public Prosecution, “with immediate effect”. The order has no mention about his new posting.

The MP State Women’s Commission sprang into action and said it will take suomotu cognizance of the incident.

However, this is not the news I want to take up today. I am aghast at the reply of this man to the accusation of domestic violence. After Sharma was relieved from his post, he told reporters that he had not indulged in any violence. “I have not indulged in any violence. This is a matter between my wife and myself. She complained against me earlier too in 2008. We have been married for 32 years. She is living with me and enjoying all the facilities and even travelling abroad on my expense. The point is if she is upset with me, why she is living with me.”

He further went on to say, “If my nature is abusive, then she should’ve complained earlier. This is a family dispute, not a crime. I am neither a violent person nor a criminal. It is unfortunate that I have to go through this. My wife stalks me and has put cameras in the house,” the police officer was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Being a daughter of an IPS officer of 1965 batch, MP cadre, I am pained at the degradation of the officers from such an elite service.

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