In­dian po­lice ar­rest di­rec­tor ac­cused of rape

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

In­dian po­lice said Mon­day they have ar­rested the Bol­ly­wood di­rec­tor Mah­mood Fa­rooqui af­ter an Amer­i­can woman ac­cused him of rape.

Fa­rooqui, best known for co- di­rect­ing the 2010 satire “Peepli Live” about farm­ers’ sui­cides, was taken into cus­tody in New Delhi on Satur­day af­ter the al­leged vic­tim went to the po­lice.

Po­lice spokesman Ra­jan Bha­gat said the woman, a U. S. citizen aged 30, was vis­it­ing In­dia at the time of the al­leged at­tack at Fa­rooqui’s home in the cap­i­tal.

“Based on her com­plaint, the ac­cused has been ar­rested and sent to ju­di­cial cus­tody,” he told AFP.

“Peepli Live,” which ex­plores the di­vide be­tween ur­ban and ru­ral In­dia, was pro­duced by Bol­ly­wood su­per­star Aamir Khan.

Fa­rooqui co- di­rected with his wife Anusha Rizwi, who on Sun­day dis­missed the com­plaint against her hus­band as “ma­nip­u­lated and false.”

“We are de­ter­mined to fight this till the re­al­ity is pre­sented be­fore the peo­ple,” she said in a state­ment.

The al­leged at­tack oc­curred in March but the woman re­turned to the U. S. shortly af­ter­wards and only re­ported it on Fri­day, news re­ports and a po­lice source said.

No one at the U. S. em­bassy was im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

In­dia in­tro­duced tough laws against sex of­fend­ers in the wake of the fa­tal gan­grape of a Delhi stu­dent in the cap­i­tal in De­cem­ber 2012 that sparked mass street protests.

But high lev­els of sex­ual vi­o­lence against women con­tinue.

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