Silicon Valley CEO gets About 30 days of Actual Jail Time in Domestic Violence Case
Some disturbing news has come out about a domestic violence case in which the defendant, who had a previous domestic violence charge, was sentenced to about 30 days of actual incarceration. The defendant, Abhishek Gattani, is the CEO of a Silicon Valley startup and had previously been charged in 2013 of domestic violence, which was later dropped to a misdemeanor because his wife wanted to make the marriage work. The victim, Neha Rastogi, is a former engineer for Apple that had worked on projects like Siri and Facetime. Neha Rastogi, in her four-page victim impact statement, wrote:
‘Misdemeanor—offensive touching’? I didn’t even need to look this one up, as it made me laugh when then I realized that I was laughing at myself, I was the joke here. ‘Offensive touching!!!’ Please explain me is it offensive touching when a 8 month pregnant woman is beaten and then forced to stand for the entire night by her husband, is it offensive touching when a mother nursing her 6 day old child is slapped on her face by her husband because he thinks she is not latching properly with the child, is it offensive touching when a women is flung to the floor and repetitively kicked in her belly, is it offensive touching when a woman is slapped 9 times by her husband until she agrees to everything he is saying and then gets hit again for not agreeing with it sooner…?
The judge that presided over this current case had scheduled the sentencing for a day when she was on vacation and so another pro tem judge was assigned for that day. The courthouse in which this case is taking place is the same Santa Clara County courthouse where another judge had sentenced a man, Brock Turner, charged with sexual assault with just six months in jail and probation.
Rastogi will be back in court next month and hopefully she can get a better outcome in her court case.
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