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Delhi court sentences Mahmood Farooqui to seven years of imprisonment

5 August 2016 4:16 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The hearing on the rape case of an American scholar concluded a day ago with the Delhi court sentencing the accused, filmmaker Mahmood Farooqui to a rigorous seven year imprisonment. Prior to this, the court had already passed a judgement proving that Mahmood is guilty of the crime.

An American scholar who was in the country for research accused Mahmood Farooqui of rape after he invited her for dinner at his residence in South Delhi. It is being said that a drunk Mahmood forced himself upon her, after which charges under Section 376 (rape) were pressed against the filmmaker. Mahmood Farooqui was the co-director of the film Peepli Live.

On the other hand, a statement released by Farooqui's wife and a filmmaker, Anusha Rizvi claims that they will continue to fight for justice. "Independent record makes the charge of 'forced oral sex' against Mahmood Farooqui simply impossible. The conviction is unjust »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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‘Peepli Live’ Co-Director Mahmood Farooqui Jailed For Rape

4 August 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mahmood Farooqui, co-director of hit India art-house and festival hit “Peepli Live” was Thursday sentenced to seven years in jail by a Delhi court.

Farooqui was convicted last week of raping an American student and film researcher who had come to his house. He denied the charges and can appeal against the sentence.

Produced by Indian megastar Aamir Khan, satire “Peepli Live” told the tale of two farmers who planned to commit suicide in order that their families benefit financially, and the media frenzy that surrounded them as they got closer to the act. Anusha Rizvi, wife of Farooqui, was director. Farooqui was credited as co-director, associate director and casting director.

Rape and violence against women have become major discussion topics as, despite the attention paid to the 2012 rape of a girl on a bus, attacks seem to continue and Indian justice to only work very slowly.

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- Patrick Frater

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Bollywood Director Mahmood Farooqui Convicted of Rape & Faces Life in Prison

1 August 2016 6:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Indian filmmaker Mahmood Farooqui has been found guilty of raping an American woman enrolled at Columbia University, THR reports. Farooqui faces a minimum sentence of seven years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, and is expected to be sentenced on Tuesday. The rape took place at Farooqui’s home in Delhi in March of 2015. The victim, who is in her 30s, was first introduced to Farooqui by his friend Danish Hussain.

Farooqui co-directed the 2010 movie “Peepli Live” with his wife Anusha Rizvi. The film premiered at Sundance and was India’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The verdict is particularly significant due to a 2013 amendment that made forced oral sex a crime.

“This is perhaps one of the first cases of forced oral sex, which shows two things: that there was a crime for which we did not earlier have an offense named, »

- Graham Winfrey

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