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Kannada star Darshan in jail for beating his wife

Sep 10, 2011 09:57 AM IST India India

Bangalore: Kannada superstar Darshan was arrested on Friday on charges of domestic violence. He allegedly beat up his wife, who had to be hospitalised. For 10 years, the action hero-cum-loverboy has ruled the Kannada film industry with his antics in over 40 films. On Friday, however, the roles had switched for Darshan and the actor found himself behind bars after being arrested for engaging in domestic violence and threatening his wife Vijayalakshmi.

SN Sidramappa, DCP, Bangalore West, said, "His wife has filed a complaint of assault and attempt to murder and also under the Arms Act. We have arrested him. She has sustained severe injuries in her neck and hands, with burnt cigarette stubs as well."

Darshan is popularly known as 'challenging star' in the film industry but now he is a fallen hero. The police said that Darshan was drunk during the incident and he is a habitual offender. The police also said that he has been harassing his wife for a couple of years but this is the first time an official complaint has been filed.

Vijayalakshmi, who is recuperating at a local hospital, has had many visitors from the film community and most of them have asked her to strike a compromise.

The magistrate, however, didn't think it was a small issue. Darshan will now spend the weekend in judicial custody and can only hope that his lawyers manage to secure bail on Monday.