'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui held guilty of raping an American national
'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui held guilty of raping an American national

Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui was convicted by a special fast-track court on Saturday for raping a 35-year-old American woman at his south Delhi residence last year.
Farooqui has been taken into police custody and the court has fixed August 2 for arguments on the quantum of sentence.

The Delhi Police accused Farooqui of raping a 35-year-old American woman, who was in India to conduct research for her doctoral thesis from Columbia University.

During her deposition as a prosecution witness in the court, the American woman stood by her complaint and alleged that Farooqui had raped her and later apologised through several e-mails exchanged between them.

She alleged Farooqui raped her when she had gone to meet him to get help for her research work. She claimed to have met Farooqui in Varanasi where she had gone to collect information.

Previously, the prosecution told the court that the victim feared a repeat of "December 16” incident if she resisted rape.

"She has stated before this court, during the recording of the evidence, that she was reminded of the documentary of the Nirbhaya case, where the rapist had said that if the victim had not struggled, she would have survived. The accused (Farooqui) applied force and pushed her down. She then froze. She knew if she resisted the rape upon her, the consequence would be worse,” argued advocate Vrinda Grover, counsel for the victim.

Farooqui, however, denied the allegations, saying he was falsely implicated.

Farooqui is married to director and screenwriter Anusha Rizvi, who directed the 2010 satirical comedy film 'Peepli Live. Farooqui was the writer and co-director of the film produced by Aamir Khan.

Farooqui is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, and Delhi's St Stephen's College. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Doon School.

Farooqui also specializes in the art of Urdu story telling known as Dastangoi.

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