Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s wife, Aaliya, recently filed for a divorce after 11 years of marriage. Her lawyer confirmed that she had sent a legal notice to her husband, seeking divorce and maintenance, via whatsapp and email this month. When asked for the reason behind the divorce, Aaliya initially didn’t share much information. All she said was that, “There is not one but several reasons behind my problems with Nawaz. And, all these reasons are very serious.” Now, however, she is opening up a little more about the entire situation. She made a shocking revelation that she was a subject to domestic abuse, and that it was not Nawazuddin, but his brother, Shamas Siddiqui, who had raised a hand on her. Talking about it, she said, “He (Nawaz) had never raised his hands on me, but the shouting and arguments had become unbearable. His family has mentally and physically tortured me a lot. His brother had even hit me.”
She went on to say that Nawazuddin’s family has a history of mistreating their women and that seven cases are already registered against them by the wives of their household. Aaliya is Nawazuddin’s second wife, and she claims that his first wife also left him for the same reasons as her.
In an earlier interview, she talked about how this lockdown helped her in realizing the importance of self respect, which she didn’t have in this marriage. Aaliya has now gone back to her original name, Anjana, and she is demanding sole custody of their two children, Shora and Yani.
Nawazuddin is currently in his hometown of Budhana in Uttar Pradesh. He reached there on saturday after receiving permission to travel amid lockdown. He went there to be with his mother, who has not been well, and is now on the mandatory two-week home quarantine. Both him and his brother, Shamas, haven’t yet replied to the legal notice or to Aaliya’s allegations. Shamas did, however, reveal that he didn’t know about the divorce being filed until he heard about it on the news.