Rahul Mahajan’s wife alleges assault, NCW to probe if she complains

Friday, July 30, 2010

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI - The marriage made on TV seemed headed for an ugly split Friday with reports of model Dimpy Ganguly alleging that her husband Rahul Mahajan - the son of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan - had assaulted her.

Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath responded by saying a panel would investigate if Dimpy complained.

“I will ask the National Commission for Women (NCW) to look into the matter if she (Dimpy) lodges a formal complaint with us. Domestic violence in no way is acceptable,” Tirath told reporters here.

Dimpy married Rahul on the Imagine TV reality show “Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega” in March this year.

“Rahul beat me up early Thursday morning after waking me up to know the contents of a message that had beeped on my phone. When I asked him to go back to sleep, he flew into a rage and began hitting me. He punched, kicked and dragged me by the hair,” the 22-year-old Kolkata-based model told a TV channel.

This is the second time Rahul has been accused of domestic violence. Earlier, his first wife and childhood friend Shweta Singh had accused him of physically abusing her. They separated in 2008. In 2006, Rahul was arrested on charges of drug abuse.

In an interview to a Mumbai tabloid, Dimpy alleged that Rahul beat her up regularly and also pointed a gun to her head in one of their fights.

Friends, relatives and close associates said the couple along with family members were trying to resolve the issue.

“I have known Rahul to be a sober and thoughtful individual. There might have been some difference of opinion between the couple, but I am sure it can be resolved through a mature discussion,” said Prakash Mahajan, Rahul’s uncle.

Rahul and Dimpy could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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