New Delhi, Aug 2: A court here on Tuesday fixed August 4 for pronouncing the quantum of punishment for Mahmood Farooqui, co-director of the 2010 Hindi film ‘Peepli Live’, convicted for the rape of an American woman. Additiol Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain reserved his order after the defence and prosecution concluded their arguments on the quantum of punishment. Farooqui was convicted of rape on July 30. The prosecution demanded maximum punishment, saying he had committed a grave offence.
The complaint’s counsel also told the court that Farooqui must be awarded the maximum punishment as he had raped a foreign woman he had invited to dinner and thus had “betrayed the friendship and trust of the woman”. On the other hand, Farooqui’s counsel sought leniency, saying the convict had maintained good conduct during the trial and also not tried to intimidate the victim. Farooqui was charged with the rape of the 35-year-old woman from Columbia University who was in India for research work for her doctoral thesis. The woman moved to Delhi in June 2014 and was looking for contacts for her work in Gorakhpur. She came in contact with Farooqui through a common friend. The crime dates back to March 28, 2015, when Farooqui invited her for dinner at his house.
Police said in its chargesheet that she reached the director’s house at 9 p.m. on that date and found him very intoxicated. He asked her to go to his office in the other room. He later forced himself on her, the prosecution said, adding the woman was scared after the incident. During the trial, the American researcher stood by her complaint and reiterated that Farooqui raped her. He denied the charge and claimed he was falsely implicated. (IANS)