Maharashtra police officer’s wife alleges harassment

April 25th, 2008 - 7:43 am ICT by admin  

Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) A senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer’s wife in Maharashtra has alleged that her husband has been mentally and physically torturing her. The official has denied the charges and said that his wife suffers from psychiatric disorders. Pratima Nagarale, wife of Additional Commissioner of Police (East) Hemant Nagrale, addressing a crowded media conference Thursday, said: “I am only a housewife, while he is a powerful policeman. That’s the reason I have approached the media.”

She said her husband was dominating, and has been torturing her physically, mentally and emotionally, and must be arrested. She said Nagrale has been threatening to shunt her off to a mental hospital.

She has written letters to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor and the Maharashtra Women’s Commission, demanding action against her husband.

Pratima has also lodged a complaint against Hemant with the Colaba police station. Pratima alleged that Hemant was forcing her to agree to a divorce with mutual consent. She said she was not willing to divorse herr husband.

Hemant, a former superintendent of police (SP) with the Central Bureau of Investigation, remained unavailable for comments, though he denied his wife’s allegations by sending mobile SMSes to a select few journalists in Mumbai.

Hemant in his SMS said his wife was suffering from psychiatric disorders since 2001 and was under treatment for that. She had even attempted suicide in 2003 and 2007.

He requested the journalists not to disturb Pratima as it could aggravate her “mental agony” and compound her problems.

He alleged Pratima’s family members too suffering from psyhiatric ailment and were under treatment. Hemant said seniors in his department were aware of this problem.

The couple, married for the past 17 years, have two children - a 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

Responding to Hemant’s allegations, Pratima claimed that on one occasion, some people forcibly took her to a doctor’s clinic in Colaba and she was injected with sedatives. “I am completely normal, but my husband prevents me from even meeting my children,” she said.

This is second high-profile instance involving an IPS officer in Maharashtra, causing embarrassment to the ruling Democratic Front government.

Recently, an Indian Administrative Service officer, Nidhi Pandey had accused her IPS officer-husband Deepak Pandey of harassment and torture, following which he was suspended.

Later, he was reinstated and shunted to Akola as SP from where he was suspended early this month for involvement in a sex scandal.

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