Rahul and Dimpy file for divorce
Dimpy and Rahul Mahajan, who in 2010 became the first couple in the country to marry on reality TV, have filed for divorce by mutual consent.
The couple sought to jump the queue for the mandatory counselling and thereby skip the six-month cooling off period on the ground that Dimpy was likely to go abroad in the near future. But the Family Court Judge IM Bohari rejected their plea on Thursday, saying there was no urgency for special preference. Indian law requires all couples to wait for six months, during which they are counselled. Only when the counsellor gives a negative report is divorce granted. When Mirror contacted Rahul on Thursday, he refused to comment, while Dimpy did not respond to several calls and text messages asking for comment.
Rahul, who shot to limelight after he allegedly overdosed on cocaine a month after his father Pramod Mahajan's death, married Dimpy on the show Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega. Pramod Mahajan died on May 3, 2006, 12 days after his brother Pravin shot him at his Worli residence. On June 1, Pramod Mahajan's closest aide was found dead in a Delhi bungalow due to an overdose. Rahul had also allegedly overdosed cocaine during the same time and was admitted in Apollo Hospital.
A couple of years later, he got divorced from his first wife Shweta Singh, who had alleged domestic violence before retracting. Rahul then made his reality TV debut in 2008 with Bigg Boss, where he was linked with fellow contestants Monica Bedi and Payal Rohatgi. In an ostensible attempt to repair his bad boy image, Rahul's well wishers landed him India's first reality show modelled on a swayamvar, where he was wooed by contestants. Dimpy won the contest and the two got hitched in a televised ceremony on the show.
The couple then spent a majority of their next four years together in the public glare. Two months after they married, they were on Emotional Atyachar, a reality show that revolves around people who doubt their partners to test their loyalty. Last year, when reports said the couple was going through a rocky patch, they participated on the dance reality show Nach Baliye to tell the world all was well.
Just like his first wife Shweta, even Dimpy had within four months of their marriage accused Rahul of physically abusing her, when she gave media interviews saying he "punched and kicked her and dragged her by the hair." She briefly left the family home before returning, after Rahul apparently apologised.
With the couple now filing for divorce, history seems to be repeating itself, with things panning out just the way they happened with Rahul and his childhood sweetheart Shweta.