Pati, Patni and her woe

Pati, Patni and her woe

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-06-23 20:00 Bengaluru: Long-running tensions in a domestic quarrel spilled into public in a shocking and disgraceful manner after MP Kumaraswamy, BJP leader and former MLA from Mudigere constituency, assaulted his wife in public in the premises of the Legislators’ Home (LH) on Thursday.After the news reached the doors of the state women’s commission, the body registered a suo motu case against the leader.Kumaraswamy attacked his wife Savitha and hurled abuses at her after she confronted him over his infidelity.Speaking on the matter, Savitha, an employee at the Mysuru Water Supply Board, said her husband hadn’t been coming home for the past six months and was also avoiding her calls. “I was told by one of his friends that I should not question him about his past and accept whatever he does. Ours was a love marriage. It was he who came and proposed to me but now he has suddenly changed,” she said.The tension between the two began six months ago when an audio clip surfaced in the media. The clip, which created a sensation, contained the recording of a conversation between Kumaraswamy and a woman. It was said that the clip had exposed Kumaraswamy’s alleged affair with this woman who reportedly hailed from Hassan.“Six months ago, the audio clip of him talking to a female on the phone was leaked. He thought that I had leaked the audio clip and left the house on January 1. I know the lady with whom he is having an affair. She is one of our family friends. But I want to reconcile and sort out the issues through talks and discussions,” said Savitha.On Thursday, Savitha walked into the Legislators’ House accompanied by her mother, aunt, and sister and confronting Kumaraswamy. Heated arguments ensued between them, following which Kumaraswamy assaulted and hurl abuses at her.Police officials stationed at the LH had to rush to the spot and took the couple for enquiry. But Savitha refused to file a complaint but requested the police and media to reunite her family.Later, officials directed her to approach the women’s helpline at the commissioner’s office for counselling.When media approached Kumarswamy, he accused Savitha of not being with him since eight years. “I did not beat her up today. She has made false allegations against me. It’s a personal problem so I don’t need any interference,” said the BJP leader.Taking a serious note on the issue, state women's commission took up a suo motu case against Kumaraswamy. “We will summon the couple and take necessary action,” Chairperson Manjula Manasa said.