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Actress Rati Agnihotri Speaks About Battling Physical Abuse In Her Marriage

  • JWB Post
  •  April 2, 2015

 

The 80s Bollywood actress Rati Agnihotri, on March 14, filed a domestic abuse case against her husband of 30 years, Anil Virwani. Anil is a Mumbai based architect and they had a love marriage. Although, Anil is denying the charges. Rati, in order to prove the assault, recorded evidence in her phone.

In a detailed interview, she says the abuse increased with time while she kept on waiting him to change one day. She says –

“I believed in love. Anil was the man I had married despite the fact that my parents had never liked him. And like every girl I’d dreamt of a picture-perfect life with a husband who cared and provided for me. For all these years I’d hoped… prayed… that things would change, that he would change.”

When nothing changed, Rati finally decided to speak against it after so many years. Bravo. The police are investigating the case.

In the interview she says –

Why did it take me so long to take this decision? Well, I had certain priorities, the biggest being my son Tanuj. He was the reason I put up with all this pain for 30 years. I also believed in the sanctity of marriage… I believed in love. Anil was the man I had married despite the fact that my parents had never liked him. And like every girl I’d dreamt of a picture-perfect life with a husband who cared and provided for me. For all these years I’d hoped… prayed… that things would change, that he would change.”

“There were times when I would tell myself I didn’t have to smile so much, that it was all right to shed a tear sometimes, to frown occasionally, but I never did. Befikar laughter, without that niggling thought at the back of my head that something bad would eventually follow the happiness.”

“Though for now, all I want is a massage. A good two-hour, de-stressing massage, for all the broken bones.”

More power to you, Rati. Emerge stronger.

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