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DCW summons Somnath Bharti after wife alleges domestic violence, threat to life

In fresh trouble for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the wife of Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti has accused him of domestic violence. Following a complaint by Bharti’s wife, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has served a notice to the former Delhi law minister.

Lipika Bharti has complained to the Delhi Commission for Women or DCW, which has summoned Mr Bharti, a lawyer by profession, to appear before it on June 26.

Ms Bharti alleged that she has been subjected to “continuous” physical assault and torture since 2010. “I want a separation. I want out from this marriage and live with dignity with my children,” she said.

Barkha Singh, who heads the DCW, alleged, “Domestic violence began from the time they got married in May 2010.  You have seen her condition. She has two children and even they are being harassed.”

“He had hit her before he left, threatened to kill her, abused her which she narrated to us in tears,” alleged Ms Singh, who is closely associated with the Congress.

Somnath Bharti, who is in Kerala said, “I am shocked, did not expect this,” and also added, “all this is completely false, someone is behind this.”

AAP, in its first reaction, has called it a personal matter.

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