For Raping An American Scholar, 'Peepli Live' Co-Director Mahmood Farooqui To Be...

For Raping An American Scholar, ‘Peepli Live’ Co-Director Mahmood Farooqui To Be Sentenced Tomorrow

The Delhi Police on Tuesday sought life imprisonment for film director Mahmood Farooqui, who has been convicted of raping an American scholar.

The minimum sentence for the offence is 10 years in jail.

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The complainant’s counsel also told the court that Mr Farooqui must be awarded the maximum punishment as he had raped a foreign woman he had invited to dinner and thus had “betrayed the friendship and trust of the woman”.

On the other hand, Mr Farooqui’s counsel sought leniency, saying the convict had maintained good conduct during the trial and also not tried to intimidate the victim.

Mr Farooqui was charged with the rape of the 35-year-old woman from Columbia University who was in India for research work for her doctoral thesis.

The woman moved to Delhi in June 2014 and was looking for contacts for her work in Gorakhpur. She came in contact with Mr Farooqui through a common friend.

The crime dates back to March 28, 2015, when Mr Farooqui invited her for dinner at his house.

Police said in its chargesheet that she reached the director’s house at 9 p.m. on that date and found him very intoxicated. He asked her to go to his office in the other room. He later forced himself on her, the prosecution said, adding the woman was scared after the incident.

During the trial, the American researcher stood by her complaint and reiterated that Mr Farooqui raped her. He denied the charge and claimed he was falsely implicated.

Compensation sought

The prosecution also sought compensation for the victim, stating that Farooqui had the capacity to pay for disrupting her life.

Later, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain reserved the order for Thursday.

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