Peepli Live film­maker gets 7 years for rape

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Mah­mood Fa­rooqui

Bol­ly­wood film Peepli Live co-di­rec­tor Mah­mood Fa­rooqui was on Thurs­day sen­tenced to seven years im­pris­on­ment by a Delhi court for rap­ing a US re­searcher here last year.

Ad­di­tional ses­sions judge San­jiv Jain awarded the min­i­mum jail term pre­scribed for the of­fence to Fa­rooqui. The court also im­posed a fine of `50,000 on the film­maker and said the amount be given to the vic­tim, fail­ing which he would have to un­dergo ad­di­tional im­pris­on­ment of three months.

It also tasked the Delhi Le­gal Ser­vice Author­ity to de­cide ap­pro­pri­ate com­pen­sa­tion for the woman. The court had, on July 30, held Fa­rooqui guilty of rap­ing the Amer­i­can woman last year at his house in a drunken state.

Dur­ing the ar­gu­ments on sen­tence ear­lier, Delhi Po­lice had sought life im­pris­on­ment for the film­maker.

Fa­rooqui’s coun­sel Nitya Ra­makr­ish­nan had said as the film­maker suf­fered from bipo­lar dis­or­der and has fully co­op­er­ated in the case, he should be given a chance to re­form.

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