London: Paromita Verma, the estranged wife of
recalled Indian diplomat Anil Verma, has claimed that her
husband hit her more than once and she was "extremely fearful"
of her fate if she was forced to return to India.
In a statement contained in her complaint to the Family
Division of the Royal Courts of Justice here, she said: "I am
extremely fearful of what might happen to me and my son if we
are forced to return to India."
Referring to the December 11 attack which resulted in
India recalling Verma, who was Minister (Economic) in the High
Commission here, back to Delhi, Paromita said, "He hit me
hard, resulting in profuse bleeding."
She claimed that Verma had also used physical force
against her in Delhi in October 2008 before coming to London
and again in October and November 2009 in London.
But, according to the Scotland Yard which investigated
the assault case, "she suffered a minor facial injury."
The report said, "We were accompanied by a London
Ambulance Service and she was taken to hospital for
Paromita claimed that her father in law had also
assaulted her during her visit to her in-laws` place in
Varanasi. "I was assaulted by my father-in-law and verbally
She alleged that her father-in-law summoned 200 locals,
who tried to stone her to death.
This was a traumatic experience for the couple`s son, who
suffers from "prune belly syndrome" and is presently
undergoing treatment for this, she said.
Paromita, who wants to stay here for an indefinite
period, has secured an ex-parte "non-molestation" order
against Verma restraining him from coming near their son. The
next hearing is expected in a couple of weeks.
The December 11 incident was provoked by a gift, a
Christmas tree, made by Paromita`s aunt -- her mother`s sister
who is married to Robert Chase and lives near their house --
for their son.
This was objected to by Verma and led to an altercation.
Verma left London on January 21 on orders from the Government
The British Foreign Office has notified Paromita and
other dependants of Verma -- his mother-in-law, a step-son and
a housekeeper -- that they are required to leave by February