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‘I was imprisoned for 4 years’: Komal Rizvi Opens Up About Her Abusive Marriage

Komal Rizvi has been MIA in the last few years. However, she finally returned to TV this year with her role in a Ramadan drama serial Tanaa Banaa. The actor/musician recently opened up about her life when she made an appearance with Shoaib Malik in a Ramadan transmission hosted by Nida Yasir.

Talking about her personal life and abusive marriage, Komal Rizvi stated that she is blessed to have strong support in the form of her parents and brothers who have helped her in her challenging journey.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re independent, strong or even educated when you encounter a mentally ill person with who you are destined to spend the rest of your life. I was married for six years where I found myself to be helpless. I was physically abused and went to bed on an empty stomach for months because I didn’t have allowance to even eat,” Komal Rizvi recalled details of her abusive marriage.

“I was living for four years with him and the only way I could do something for myself was to give tuitions to earn. Later, I learnt how to cook and that became the way for me to earn. I would sell my food at stores to survive an abusive marriage,” Komal Rizvi said.

Recalling the time when the physical abuse began, Komal Rizvi shared: “The first time he hit me with a soda bottle and pushed me. I developed a bruise around my eye and when my parents noticed it they became suspicious and immediately asked me to come back home.”

“I was psychologically upset. I spoke to my aunt [khala], who is a psychiatrist and asked her that I can’t believe that having such a high IQ how did I become like this? She told me that it’s not about IQ and said that intelligent women tend to stay longer in abusive marriages because they try to rationalize the acts of their abuser,” she described.

Komal Rizvi emphasised that women should have a skill set so that they can be independent when push comes to shove.

“If your partner is supportive and great, then life will be heavenly. But if your partner is problematic, then your life is worse than hell,” she concluded.