A disturbing video has emerged of a senior police officer in Madhya Pradesh attacking his wife and promoting action against him. The officer has been moved and relieved of his duties. Purushottam Sharma, a director-general rank officer, has justified his actions, calling it a “family dispute” and saying it is not “a crime”.
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In the prevalent video, Purushottam Sharma, 1986-batch IPS officer, is seen arguing with his wife. In seconds, he holds her tight, fastens her to the floor, and throws her. Two other men can be seen in the room where one of them approaches the couple. A dog is seen as barking and walks around the room when the wife is assaulted.
The officer is also seen showing injuries to his hand, though he continues to yell at his wife.
“If my nature is violent, then she should have 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 is persecuting me. and have put cameras in the house, “the police officer was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.
He said they have been married for 32 years and that his wife had complained about him in 2008.
“But the point is that since 2008 she has lived in my house and enjoyed all the facilities and traveled abroad at my expense,” he reportedly said.
The wife was allegedly attacked after confronting Sharma with her friend.
In response to the incident, Madhya Pradesh’s Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “He has been relieved of his duties. If anyone in a responsible position turns out to indulge in illegal activities and take laws into his hands, action will be taken. them, whoever they are. “
State Interior Minister Narottam Mishra said: “I too have seen and read about it. If there is any official complaint, then we will see.”
The National Commission on Women (NCW) has taken note of the video, and its chief, Rekha Sharma, has written to the Chief Minister seeking “appropriate punishment” for the officer. “Such incidents send the wrong message to society,” NCW tweeted.
(With input from ANI)