Texted, called friend after rape: Woman to court

The friend the victim referred to had introduced her to Farooqui and is from Eastern Uttar Pradesh, where the victim did research work.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2015 2:32:06 am
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The American research scholar, who was allegedly raped by Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui, Thursday told a fast track court she had texted — and later, shared over phone — details of the incident to a friend, who had introduced her to the accused.

Corroborating the version of the prosecution, the victim, during in-camera proceedings, described the sequence of events after the alleged rape. Sources said she told Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain about texting a friend on WhatsApp about she being “upset” with Farooqui. After sending the text messages, she took a taxi and, during the ride, she also spoke to her friend over phone, narrating the incident, the sources said.

The friend the victim referred to had introduced her to Farooqui and is from Eastern Uttar Pradesh, where the victim did research work.

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The recording of evidence, which lasted more than 30 minutes, remained inconclusive and will continue on September 22, when she is likely to be cross-examined by the defence.

Meanwhile, a Forensic Science Laboratory official told the court the forensic report would be ready by September 22.

The defence had earlier urged the court to fast track the report on key call details and emails exchanged between the victim and the accused.

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