A fast-track court will hold trial in the case involving the alleged rape of a domestic help by actor Shiney Ahuja, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said on Friday.
National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Girija Vyas, who met Chavan, asjed him to start the trial immediately. “Prolonged trial could result in the victim and witnesses being influenced or pressurised,” she said.
Ahuja’s help had lodged a rape complaint against him on Sunday. The actor, arrested on Monday, has been remanded to judicial custody till July 2.
Vyas and two other NCW members met the victim on Friday. “She asked for justice. She said she is poor and needs financial and emotional help,” said Vyas, adding the victim had not complained of any pressure or harassment after she had filed the complaint.
Vyas also met Ahuja’s wife Anupam. “She requested us to look into the maid’s background and her whereabouts.”
Chavan and Vyas both said there was no doubt rape had taken place. “Preliminary reports say rape has taken place. But DNA tests and other investigations are yet to be done,” the CM said.