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Farooqui Rape Case: SC Upholds ‘Peepli Live’ Director’s Acquittal

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| January 19 , 2018 , 15:35 IST

The Supreme Court on 19 January dismissed the plea filed by a US citizen against ‘Peepli Live’ co-director Mahmood Farooqui’s acquittal by the Delhi High Court in a rape case.

The complainant who is a research scholar at Columbia University said that the Delhi High Court had made a mistake in acquitting Mahmood Farooqui and there was considerable evidence against him.

Farooqui was accused of having oral sex with a girl without her consent on 28 March 2015, at his Sukhdev Vihar residence. The two were at a party and Farooqui had reportedly gotten drunk and taken her to a different room in the house and forced himself on her.

“It is a hard case but has been extremely well decided by the Delhi High Court. This is a case where the woman and Farooqui were in a relationship,” the apex court said. The court also said the woman “wrote an email saying ‘I do love you’ after the incident.

The HC raised doubts over the veracity of the incident and the complaint and took note of the fact that there was delay by the victim in filing the FIR. The court also questioned if there was consent or not. It also raised the question of whether the accused understood that there was no consent.

The court made some controversial observations and said that the woman’s no may have in fact meant a yes. “Instances of woman behaviour are not unknown that a feeble ‘no’ may mean a ‘yes’,” the court said.