Asha Gawli is the wife of Arun Gawli, member of the Legislative Assembly for Maharashtra. Asha Gawli was a Muslim before she got married to Arun Gawli. She was investigated in 1998 for the murder of a man connected with her husband, a former underworld figure. On December 19, 2004, Mumbai police registered a complaint against her for alleged assault and wrongful confinement of a woman. According to the Indian Express she was arrested and accused of beating a woman named Sushma Sawant with sticks. She was later released. In addition to campaigning for her husband (including during his imprisonment), she stood herself for the Legislative Assembly for Khed-Alandi in 1999.