After a trial court in Delhi convicted Peepli Live’s co-director Mahmood Farooqui on Saturday of raping an American research scholar, his wife Anusha Rizvi (left, bottom) will approach the High Court.
“Our fight for justice is by no means over. We will approach the High Court for justice that has been denied to us,” says Anusha, who was a co-director and writer of the Aamir Khan production.
Rizvi had kept a low profile all this while, after the allegations by the 35-year-old Columbia University student, alleging that he raped her at his South Delhi residence in March last year. But after the conviction she makes it clear she stands by her husband
“My husband is my soul mate. I cannot imagine a life without him. The truth will triumph, that is my belief. We are tremendously grateful for the support of our friends and colleagues who are standing with us in this travesty,” she says.
“We have the full support of our friends and colleagues and, of course, our families. I don’t feel isolated at all. In fact I am deeply touched by the support my husband and I have received.”
Farooqui had been on bail, however, after the verdict, he was taken into custody. The arguments on sentencing will be heard on August 2, in the court.