US woman testifies in rape case against ‘Peepli Live’ director

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) An American woman, who was allegedly raped by Bollywood movie “Peepli Live” director Mahmood Farooqui, has testified as a prosecution witness in the case, sources said on Thursday.

The 35-year-old woman reiterated the same point which she had made earlier while filing the first information report, court sources said.

Meanwhile, Farooqui’s defence counsel started cross-examination of the woman after the prosecution concluded recording of testimonies during in-camera proceedings.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain listed the matter for Monday for further recording of the woman’s statement.

The court framed rape charges on September 2 against Farooqui, who is in judicial custody since June 20. In July, Delhi Police chargesheeted Farooqui for allegedly raping the woman.

The woman, who is pursuing PhD from Columbia University, was in India for research work.

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