‘Peepli Live’ Co-director Mahmood Farooqui Convicted of Raping U.S. Researcher

Last year “Peepli Live” co-director Mahmood Farooqui was accused of raping an American woman pursuing a Ph.D from Columbia University who was in India for research work. On July 30, a Delhi court convicted Farooqui of raping her.

Farooqui, who was out on bail, was taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the judgement. Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain held Farooqui guilty of offence under section 376 (punishment of rape) of the Indian Penal Code.

The court fixed the matter for hearing arguments on sentence Aug. 2. The offence of rape entails a minimum of seven years of rigorous jail and a maximum of imprisonment for life.

The woman, in her complaint, had alleged that Farooqui was drunk when he raped her at his house where she had gone to get his help for her research work last year.

The police had lodged the FIR against Farooqui on the woman’s complaint on June 19, 2015 after which he was arrested.

Police had filed a charge sheet against Farooqui on July 29, 2015 alleging that he had raped the research scholar at his Sukhdev Vihar house in south Delhi on March 28, 2015. The court had started the trial in the case after framing rape charges against Farooqui on Sept. 9, 2015.

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