Nepal | September 23, 2019

Actress files case against filmmaker husband

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 10

Shilpa Pokhrel, a renowned Nepali film actress, has filed a police compliant against her husband Chhabi Raj Ojha and has demanded her security following ‘multiple physical assaults’ by Ojha in the past few months.

Pokhrel had filed an FIR against Ojha, who is a popular Nepali filmmaker, at Metropolitan Police Range, Teku, on July 7.

Samjhana Rouniyar, sister-in-law and also an aide of Pokhrel said, “We were forced to file the  police case as we felt insecure due to repeated threats issued by Ojha.”

Rouniyar said that Pokhrel had been experiencing hearing problems for the past 12 days after Ojha thrashed her on June 26. “He had even tried to strangulate Pokhrel,” she said.

He started thrashing Pokhrel a few months ago, according to Rouniyar. Pokhrel could not be reached for comments.

Filmmaker Ojha refuted all allegations levelled against him. He, however, admitted that they had heated arguments a few days ago.

“Every married couple has minor disputes. Accusations against me hold no truth. It is nothing but an attempt to defame me,” Ojha said.

On June 26, Pokhrel had left Ojha’s house and started living with Rouniyar.

Pokhrel’s post on Facebook on the midnight of June 26 hinted of marital discord. Pokhrel is Ojha’s fourth wife.

Deputy Superintended of Police Hobindra Bogati at MPR said they were investigating the matter and had summoned both the parties for discussion to be held tomorrow.


A version of this article appears in print on July 11, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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