We will give food to In­di­ans who lost Saudi jobs: Sushma Peepli Live co-di­rec­tor con­victed of rap­ing an Amer­i­can woman

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Jayanth Ja­cob let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Mah­mood Fa­rooqui

Ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj asked the In­dian em­bassy in Riyadh on Satur­day to pro­vide free ra­tion to more than 800 nationals starv­ing for the past three days in Saudi Arabia af­ter los­ing their jobs.

“The em­ploy­ers have not paid wages, closed down their fac­to­ries. As a re­sult our broth­ers and sis­ters in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are fac­ing ex­treme hard­ship,” Swaraj tweeted, ad­ding that her col­league, VK Singh, was trav­el­ling to Saudi Arabia to “sort out these mat­ters”.

Swaraj said MoS for ex­ter­nal af­fairs, MJ Ak­bar, was tak­ing up the mat­ter with Kuwait, where the sit­u­a­tion “is man­age­able”.

Her re­sponse came fol­low­ing a tweet by a man who posted an im­age of In­di­ans “starv­ing and thirsty for three days in Jed­dah”.

A few work­ers who lost their jobs at fac­to­ries run by a Le­banese fam­ily in Saudi Arabia said most of those stranded were con­struc­tion work­ers from Ra­jasthan, Bi­har, Ut­tar Pradesh and Te­lan­gana.

A Delhi court con­victed on Satur­day Mah­mood Fa­rooqui, the co-di­rec­tor of pop­u­lar Bol­ly­wood movie Peepli Live, of rap­ing an Amer­i­can woman when she was in In­dia for re­search in 2015.

The sen­tence will be de­cided on Au­gust 2.

The 35-year-old woman, a stu­dent at Columbia Univer­sity in New York, had told the po­lice that she was raped by the film­maker at his Sukhdev Vi­har house in south­ern Delhi on March 28 last year.

She al­leged Fa­rooqui raped her when she had gone to meet him to get help for her re­search work. She claimed to have met Fa­rooqui in Varanasi where she had gone to col­lect in­for­ma­tion.

Last Septem­ber, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer told HT that the woman re­turned to the US soon af­ter the rape and wrote an email to Fa­rooqui who apol­o­gised for “mis­be­hav­ing” with her.

The woman later ap­proached Delhi Po­lice through diplo­matic chan­nels. She then re­turned to In­dia and lodged a for­mal com­plaint on June 19.

“The woman al­leged that Fa­rooqui got drunk at a party and took her to a sep­a­rate room where he forced him­self on her,” the of­fi­cer said.

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