An Indian-origin Silicon Valley CEO (Abhishek Gattani) has been charged with beating his Indian-American wife for last some years. He was in jail for less than a month as he was offered a plea deal, according to a US media report. As per The Daily Beast report, Abhishek Gattani pleaded “not contest” of beating his wife Neha Rastogi, was offered a plea deal in Santa Clara Superior Court, California, in which he’ll be allowed to serve less than a month in a jail.
The victim said in the court that, “Offensive touching? I call it terrorism. That’s how I felt – terrorized and controlled held hostage by the fear of pain, humiliation, and assault on my being and my daughter’s.” The accused Abhishek Gattani is an Indian-born, who came to California in 2005 as a Software Engineer and became the director of engineering at a Kosmix. At Kosmix, he met and married Neha Rastogi, who’s a product manager and later work for Apple. According to the statement of Neha, Gattani began physical abuse with her immediately after getting married. She said, “He hit me, multiple times during each incident on my face, arms, head, belly, pulled my hair and abused me and called me a bitch, whore, slut, bastard and much more in my language. Towards the last four years of our marriage, he brainwashed me into admitting that I was a complete disgrace to him and the family we built and that if he was in my place, he would commit suicide out of shame, in other words telling me to commit suicide.”
As per the theregister.co.uk, in a recording of Gattani, he’s saying to his wife that he wants her to be murdered and could imagine how someone could stab someone 45 times. In another tape, his three-year-old daughter is pleading his father not to hit her mother. According to reports, Gattani’s charge was reduced from felony assault to felony accessory assault and called as “offensive touching”. The Prosecutor assistant attorney Steve Fein explained the plea deal as a fair outcome and said that accessory after the fact is also a Felony, but not a violent one that would place Gattani in jeopardy of being deported back to India. He said that the plea calls was for a six-month jail term, but only 30-days of real imprisonment, including the balance served in the weekend hour program and doing physical labor for the eight-hour shift. According to Fenn, Rastogi had no objection when he provided her the details of the deal.
In 2013 as well, Gattani was charged with felony assault, which was later reduced to a misdemeanor after Rastogi said to the court that a felony could put in danger his career in California and it will force him to go back to India. Neha Rastogi is separated as of now and is in a process of divorce from her husband. According to the reports, Rastogi read noticeably in the court last Thursday that she declared herself doubly victimized by her husband and by the criminal justice system. The judge who took the chair over the case, Allison Marston, was on vacation when the sentence was scheduled. Till then, the Pro-tem judge Rodney Stafford put off the sentencing until May 18 as per the report.