On Thursday, Mahmood Farooqui, the co-director of much-admired 2010 Hindi film ‘Peepli Live’, was sentenced to seven years jail after finding him guilty of raping an American woman.
Sanjiv Jain, Additional Session Judge has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on Farooqui, who was convicted on July 30 of raping a 35-year-old woman from Columbia University. She was in India for research on her doctoral thesis and came in contact with Farooqui through a common friend.
The ‘shameful’ incident occurred on March 28, 2015 when Farooqui invited her for dinner at his house.
According to the police charge sheet, the woman, who reached his house at 9 p.m., found Farooqui was drunk, and he asked her to go to his office.
After the span of 20 minutes, she left the office room to the porch when Farooqui told her to come and sit down, as reported. Then, he suddenly kissed her and forced himself on her, added prosecution.
Throughout the trial, the American researcher stood by her complaint and apparent that Farooqui had raped her. In contrast, he denied the allegations, and claimed he was falsely convicted.