10/06/2015 8:36 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

AAP leader Somnath Bharti's Wife Accuses Him Of Domestic Violence Since 2010


NEW DELHI -- MLA Somnath Bharti, who served as law minister in Aam Aadmi Party's first government, has been accused by his wife of domestic violence, harassment, and torture since 2010.

Lipika Bharti has filed a complaint of domestic violence with the Delhi Commission for Women. "Me and my children are subject to harassment and torture -mental, physical and oral - by my husband Somnath Bharti. There is a persistent threat from my husband and his supporters," her complaint said.

Bharti has been asked by the DCW to reply by June 26.

Lipika alleged that she has been facing domestic violence since 2010.

"It would be difficult for me to summarise all these. It's going on for a long time. It has been going on since 2010. I want separation, I want to be out from this marriage. I want to live with dignity with my children. It has been a continuous process through which I was going through," she told ANI.

Bharti described these allegations as "baseless."

Last year, Bharti faced severe criticism for his vigilante-midnight raid against Ugandan and Nigerian women living in Khirki Extension, who locals accused of running a drug and prostitution racket, but the AAP government backed its minister.

AAP Delhi Secretary Dilip Pandey's said that his party will conduct an investigation into the allegations of domestic violence.

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