Beyond Mahmood Farooqui: Five Bollywood celebs accused of rape

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2015 15:02 IST

Delhi police on Monday said 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 US 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 said.

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 US shortly afterwards and only reported it on Friday, news reports and a police source said.

However, this is not the first time a Bollywood celeb has been accused of rape. Here, we recount five famous names who also faced this heinous charge.

Ankit Tiwari: The singer who made his name with Aashiqui 2 was accused of rape by a management professional in 2014. She alleged that he had promised to marry her but later recanted. She alleged that the singer's brother threatened her if she approached the police. The matter was later settled out of the court according to a petition filed by Tiwari in the Bombay High Court.

Inder Kumar: In June 2014, actor Inder Kumar was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a model. The woman alleged that she was also tortured when kept captive by the actor. Kumar was arrested and later let off on bail.

Shiney Ahuja: The actor was arrested for raping his domestic help in 2009. On March 30, 2011, a session court sentenced Shiney Ahuja to seven years rigorous imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 3000. Although the woman had retracted her statement of having been raped, the trial court had convicted Shiney Ahuja based on circumstantial evidence. However, he was released on bail by the Bombay High Court, pending hearing of his appeal which was admitted in April 2011.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Model-actor Preeti Jain accused filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar of allegedly raping her for three years. She said Madhur had promised to cast her in his film but later refused to honour his promise. The case went on for nine years before it was quashed by the Supreme Court, noting that Jain did not want to pursue the case against Bhandarkar and the Mumbai police had earlier given a clean chit to the film director.

Aditya Pancholi: Actor Aditya Pancholi allegedly had sex with the 15-year-old domestic help of his then-girlfriend Pooja Bedi. It was considered rape as the maid was a minor. Bedi later revealed that she broke up with Pancholi based on the allegation.

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