Peepli (Live) co-director sent to jail for 7 years in rape case

A court in Delhi had convicted Mahmood Farooqui of raping a US woman last year

Mayur Lookhar

In a stringent verdict, a lower court in Delhi sent Peepli (Live) co-director Mahmood Farooqui to seven years in jail for raping an American woman last year at his South Delhi residence.

On 30 July, the court had found Farooqui guilty. Farooqui, who was on bail during the trial, was taken into custody after he was convicted.

The offence dates back to 28 March 2015, when Farooqui allegedly raped the 35-year-old, a student at New York’s Columbia University. The woman had come to Delhi for research on her doctoral thesis and had visited Farooqui at his residence in Sukhdev Vihar in that connection.

In her deposition, the woman said Farooqui raped her and later apologised profusely through text messages and e-mails.

The Peepli (Live) co-director denied the allegations.

Following a complaint from the woman, the Delhi police filed a charge sheet against Farooqui on 29 July 2015. The police also charged him with destroying evidence.

Apart from co-directing Peepli (Live), Farooqui worked as an actor in the film Mango Souffle (2002).