Live-in partner sues Arunachal speaker for ‘false promise to marry’

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Arunachal Pradesh assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia has been booked on the charge of physically and mentally assaulting his live-in partner of four years.

The complaint in the form of a first information report (FIR) was filed with the state police after the speaker failed to reply to a legal notice sent by the woman’s counsel who sought “restitution of conjugal rights” of his client within seven days.

The woman, the speaker’s live-in partner of rour years, has accused Rebia of making false promises to marry her since 2011, as well as of cheating, breach of trust and fraud.

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IANS repeatedly tried to contact Rebia, elected from Doimukh assembly constituency in Arunachal Pradesh, but was unsuccessful.

A male who answered his mobile phone heard the question from IANS and immediately disconnected. Since then, no one has been taking calls on that cell phone.

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“Nabam Rebia had upheld conjugal relationship with (the lady) from 2011 to 2015 because of which she had to severe all other relations of hers. However, for a few months you (Rebia) have been avoiding her. Even after persistent reminding, you failed to support her and give her the status of a legally wedded wife,” the notice issued to Rebia said.

The woman’s counsel Tabing Lamgu told IANS: “There was no reply from Rebia… so we filed a case against the politician. We will fight the case and get him punished.”

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Counsel alleged that Rebia “assaulted the woman on several occasions” when he was only a legislator and later “repeatedly pressurised her to undergo an abortion”.

The woman also charged his family with damaging her reputation by engaging in a “disinformation campaign”.

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