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Shefali Jariwala opens up on her divorce, says “not every kind of violence is physical”

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: Actress and former ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant, Shefali Jariwala, in a media interview, opened up on her “mental violence” marriage with husband Harmeet Singh and how “unhappy” was she that she filed for divorce. She added that one must realise when their partner does not appreciate them anymore.

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Shefali married Harmeet in 2004 and after a couple of years, the duo divorced in 2009 on an ugly note. Back then, the popular ‘kaata laga’ girl had reportedly accused Harmeet of domestic violence while filing for the divorce. In her interview, she revealed why she ended her first marriage, “It is very important to understand that you are not being appreciated. Not every kind of violence is physical. There is a lot of mental violence that also happens and you are very unhappy in your life.”

She added that being “financially independent” gave her to courage and freedom to take the big step of her life and in 2009 Shefali finally called her marriage off.

Shefali rose to popularity after her performance in the 2002 track Kaanta Laga. “I think, one of the reasons why I could make the decision for myself, was because I was independent. I was making my own money,” she told Times Now and added: “The biggest fear in our country is of the society. Divorce is considered to be taboo but the way I have been raised, is to not really care about society but just do what we feel is right. I could take such steps in my life and had strong support.”

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Shefali worked with Harmeet Singh for a few Meet Bros’ music videos, including ‘Pyaar Humaayn Kis Mod Pe Le Aaya’.

After her failed marriage with Harmeet, Shefali met actor Parag Tyagi and after dating him for a couple of years, they got married in 2014. The duo even participated together in the dance reality show ‘Nach Baliye’ – season 5 and 7. On Parag Tyagi’s birthday last year, Shefali called him her “partner in crime” and posted this on her Instagram:

Shefali has also appeared in a special role in Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra’s film Mujhse Shaadi Krogi. She also featured in the remix versions of the songs Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar and Maal Bhari Aahe.

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