Madhya Pradesh Additional Director General (ADG) rank officer Purushottam Sharma was suspended on Tuesday, 29 September, after a shocking video of him beating up his wife went viral on social media. The incident, caught on camera, was circulating on social media over the weekend.
A statement from the MP Home Department said that the explanation given by Sharma had been found unsatisfactory, leading to his suspension in view of prima facie misconduct of domestic violence and moral decay.
The viral video showed Sharma pushing his wife to the ground and thrashing her, while two other unidentified men try to pull him away. He continued hitting her, even as she cried out aloud for help.
The MP Police are yet to file an FIR in the case.
“I saw the video and read about the incident. Due action will be taken when a formal complaint is filed,” said MP Home Minister Narottam Misra.
The National Commission for Women, meanwhile, had written to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, demanding intervention and appropriate punishment.
‘Why Didn’t She Complain Earlier?’
The incident reportedly occurred after the wife caught Sharma in a compromising situation with another woman.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Sharma questioned the authenticity of allegations and asked why his wife was still living in his house.
“We’ve been married for 32 years. In 2008 she had complained against me. But the point is, since 2008 she has been living in my house, enjoying all facilities and travelling abroad on my expenses,” the ADG said, responding to the video.
"If my nature is abusive then she should've complained earlier. This is a family dispute, not a crime," he added.
The 1986-batch IPS officer was earlier caught in the honey trap scandal when he was the Special DG of Cyber Cell and Special Task Force. He had accused the then DG VK Singh of "maligning the image" of MP police.
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