'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui sentenced to 7 years in jail for raping an American national
'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui sentenced to 7 years in jail for raping an American national

Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui was convicted by a special fast-track court last month for raping a 35-year-old American woman at his south Delhi residence last year. 

Mahmood Farooqui was on Thursday sentenced to seven years in jail and was also ordered to pay to pay a fine of Rs 50,000.

A lower court in Delhi said that if Farooqui didn't pay the fine, his jail sentence would be increased by three months.

Farooqui was on July 30 convicted of raping a 35-year-old American woman, who was in India to conduct research for her doctoral thesis from Columbia University. The filmmaker, who at the time of the conviction was out on bail, was taken into custody soon after the court found him guilty.

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.

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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