The quantum of punishment to be awarded to Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui, who has been convicted in a rape case, will be decided on Thursday. Delhi’s Saket court today reserved its order in this regard today. The co-director of the satirical film was accused of raping a 35-year-old American woman last year. At the start of the hearing today, Delhi police sought maximum punishment of life imprisionment for Farooqui. Earlier on Saturday, the court had convicted Farooqui. The woman, a research scholar of Indian origin, along with a senior official of the US Embassy, had filed an FIR against Farooqui with the Delhi Police last year.
Farooqui was sent to six-day judicial custody after police registered a case under IPC Section 376. According to the complaint filed by the woman, she had first met Farooqui when she visited India in 2014. Reports said the woman had filed the complaint with New Friends Colony police station on June 19. Farooqui is also a well-known exponent of Dastangoi. Farooqui’s case may be the first instance when forced oral sex, after the 2013 amendment to the rape law, has been recognised as rape and a conviction secured.
Mahmood, an alumnus of Doon School, also has degrees from Delhi’s St Stephen’s College, and Oxford, Cambridge. Mahmood has written books like ‘Besieged: voices from Delhi 1857’, is also a historian. He had helped William Dalrymple, a noted writer, in the research of his novel ‘The Last Mughal’.