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Kerala minister files for divorce, says he was beaten by his wife

Signalling further trouble for Kerala forests minister KB Ganesh Kumar, his wife Yamini on Monday alleged she had been a victim of ‘domestic violence’ hours after her husband moved a divorce petition in the family court here accusing her of ‘blackmailing and manhandling’ him.

Denting the image of the Congress-led UDF government, the Ganesh Kumar affair took a unsavoury turn within days after a truce brokered by the UDF leadership among the minister, his estranged father and Kerala Congress (B) supremo R Balakrishna Pillai and Yamini.

The family dispute surfaced in the open again with the film actor-turned politician alleging in his divorce petition that he was even beaten up by his wife in front of his personal staff. Within hours, Yamini hit back saying that it was she who had been the victim of domestic violence for the last 16 years for questioning ‘illicit affairs’ of her husband.

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