Rape allegations are manipulated and false, says wife Anusha Rizvi

Mahmood Farooqui of ‘Peepli Live’ was charged with rape allegation. He was arrested and sent to police custody for 14 days. The victim, a US based research scholar of Indian origin lodged an FIR against Mahmood Farooqui with whom she came in contact during her research work.

Mahmood’s wife Anusha Rizvi, however, dismissed the rape allegations terming the complaint "manipulated and false".

Anusha Rizvi, co-director of ‘Peepli Live’ and wife of Farooqui said, ““A complaint has been registered against Mahmood Farooqui. The moment he heard about it he presented himself at the concerned police station. He was thereafter taken into custody. The complaint is manipulated and false. We don’t want to make any further comments on the matter because the case is under investigation. We will wait for the court’s decision where the actual truth of the matter will come out. In the meanwhile we are thankful for the show of support from friends, colleagues and well-wishers. We are determined to fight this till the reality is presented before the people. We are very sure of it.”

In her FIR, the 30-year old complainant said that she was invited at a party on March 26, 2015 by Mahmood and after the party he raped her at his rented apartment in Sukhdev Vihaar, Delhi. She left the country within 10 days from the incident and later approached the US embassy, which contacted Delhi police. She returned three months later to India to file case against Mahmood.

During these three months, she has sent many mails to Mahmood and his wife, who accepted his mistake and asked for forgiveness. Rizvi also assured her that justice will be meted to her but over these months she took no step and after waiting for three months, the US based scholar approached police.