After Alleging Torture, Tej Pratap’s Wife Returns to Rabri’s Home

Aishwarya alleged that she was not provided food for the last three months by her in-laws.

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Aishwarya Rai and Tej Pratap Yadav at their wedding.
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Hours after accusing her mother-in-law Rabri Devi and sister-in-law Misa Bharti of torture and harassment, former Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav's wife Aishwarya Rai returned to Rabri's official home on Monday, 30 September.

Rabri agreed to allow Aishwarya, Tej Pratap's estranged wife, in the house following intervention by the Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey, news agency IANS reported quoting district police officials.

Earlier, on Sunday, Aishwarya for the first time spoke to media and levelled a series of allegations against the Yadav family. She said she was evicted from the official residence of Rabri Devi by force.

She staged a sit-in protest for hours outside the residence. Later, she was joined by her father Chandrika Rai, former Minister and senior RJD leader, and mother Purnima Rai. They all sat along with her in protest against eviction.

During the sit-in protest Chandrika Rai left to meet DGP Pandey to seek his help for entry of his daughter in her matrimonial house. After meeting DGP, when he returned, Rai was not allow to join his daughter's protest. He started his own sit-in near Rabri's residence.

Meanwhile, dozens of supporters of Chandrika Rai joined dharna with him and shouted slogans against Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi.

Aishwarya then broke her silence and for the first time spoke to media outside the 10, Circular Road residence of Rabri Devi, where she was staying despite her husband Tej Pratap filing for divorce six months ago.

Aishwarya alleged that she was not provided food for the last three months by her in-laws nor was allowed to enter the family kitchen on the instructions of her sister-in-law Misa Bharti. She said she was surviving on the food sent by her parents.

Aishwarya accused Rabri Devi and Misa Bharti, Rajya Sabha member, of torturing and harassing her. "Misa regularly misbehaved with me, harassed and tortured me. Last night (Saturday) she again tortured me and threw me out of the house in the presence of Rabri Devi," she said.

She also blamed Misa for her strained relations with husband Tej Pratap Yadav and creating rift between her husband and Tejashwi Yadav. "Misa didn't want my relations with husband to improve," she said.

Aishwarya and Tej Pratap were married in May 2018. The divorce plea is pending before a court.

Aishwarya's father Chandrika Rai said he was ashamed that he married her daughter in such a family.

Earlier on 14 September, Aishwarya had reportedly stormed out of her in-laws high security house with tears in eyes. However, she returned after an hour, but was seen again hurriedly walking out of the house, wiping out tears.

(With inputs from IANS)

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