Peepli Live’s Mahmood Farooqui acquitted of rape charges

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The co-director of Peepli Live, Mahmood Farooqui, was on Monday acquitted of rape charges as the Delhi High Court found him not guilty of the sexual crime.

Mahmood Farooqui
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A Delhi court in August last year had sentenced Farooqui to seven years in jail in the rape case of an American woman.

The High Court while acquitting Farooqui said that there were inaccuracies in woman’s complaint.

The 35-year-old American researcher had alleged that Farooqui raped her in a rented accommodation at Sukhdev Vihar in Delhi.

The victim, 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 28 March last year.

In her complaint to Delhi Police, she had alleged that Farooqui had raped her when she had gone to meet him subsequently for help on her research.

“Peepli Live”, was Aamir Khan productions film exploring the divide between urban and rural India. Farooqui co-directed it with his journalist-turned-filmmaker wife, Anusha Rizvi.

The American researcher had 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.

The complainant had alleged that she “did not resist” the rape primarily because she feared she would face the same consequences as that of the victim of the Nirbhaya.

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