• Monday, June 05, 2023


India’s top court acquits Bollywood director of rape

Mahmood Farooqui

By: Sarwar Alam

India’s top court on Friday (19) upheld the acquittal of a Bollywood director accused of raping an American research scholar in a case that has sparked intense debate about consent in a country with high levels of sexual violence. Mahmood Farooqui was initially found guilty of rape in 2016, but the Delhi high court last year overturned the conviction on appeal, ruling the incident had been consensual. One of the judges hearing that appeal said Farooqui may not have been aware that the woman had not consented to sex, a comment that attracted fierce criticism from rights activists. “In cases…

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