In a recent interview with Bollywood Life, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s wife Aaliya Siddiqui has spoken about the couple’s marital problems and claimed that she was tortured physically and mentally by the actor’s family. Aaliya, who has been married to Nawaz for 11 years, has said that she decided to file for divorce as ‘self-respect’ is extremely important in a marriage.
Speaking about the mental and physical violence she faced from the actor’s family, Aaliya said, “He (Nawaz) 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. His first wife had also left him for this reason alone. It’s a pattern in his (Nawaz) family.”
Aaliya, whose name was Anjana Pandey before marriage, added, “Actually my self-respect was gradually being destroyed.” Speaking about her life before and after marriage, Aaliya said, “The way you are raised in your house you come from, how your mother and brother take care of you, and then suddenly you are forced to change your religion. Anyway, that was necessary to get married. So, I did it for him when he had asked me to. But then your life changes so badly that you realise that you were nothing in his life. You were just living alone with his children for ten years. So, I decided to end it.”
Speaking about her decision to end the marriage, Aaliya said, “Two months of lockdown gave me a lot of time to introspect.” Opening up about her issues with Nawazuddin, Aaliya said that problems in her marriage had begun from the time she had gotten married but she did not opt to bring them forward until now. She said that she was trying to solve the issues and waiting for their relationship to get better but she finally had to file for a divorce as she couldn’t take it anymore.
Aaliya has also alleged that Nawazuddin is not a good father and that he doesn’t care about his kids at all. She said, “However big an actor you’ve become, what’s the point if you’re not a good person? What’s the point if you can’t respect your wife and kids? Our kids don’t even remember when their father last visited them. It’s been 3-4 months since he’s met his kids but he doesn’t care. The kids have also become used to it. At the beginning of our marriage he had told me that it’s enough for us if he’s the sole bread winner. I don’t know what I will do but I want to live life with respect and not as the wife of a star.”