Pearl V Puri, who starred in Naagin, was sentenced to 14 days in police jail on June 5 after being arrested for the suspected rape of a minor the day before. After a girl reportedly accused him of raping her under the pretense of fame and roles, the 31-year-old was arrested under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Pearl V Puri and five others were arrested by Waliv police in Mumbai late Friday evening, according to sources. According to DSP Sanjay Patil, the rape charge against them is old, and the girl and her mother had approached the police. According to reports, the complainant is 17 years old.
Pearl’s co-stars Anita Hassanandani and Krystle D’Souza have come out in support of the actor after the news of his arrest broke on social media. Karishma Tanna, Nia Sharma, Aly Goni, and Ekta Kapoor are among the others.
Actor Nia Sharma wrote on Instagram, “Rape is not a joke, no excuse, no means to come at someone to satisfy a bruised ego. Rape and molestation stories are terrifying and far beyond imagination in India. The real victims die, their stories go unheard, their families are waiting for justice all their lives. Do not belittle them. Do not make a mockery of it. Rape allegations cannot fu**ing be used at will. It Cannot. It should not. @pearlvpuri sorry it happened to you.”
In a statement, Sanjay Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Zone of Mira Bhayandar, Vasai, said, “The victim identified the accused recently, and after recording her statement, the accused has been arrested. After the identification of the accused, we have taken him into custody for further investigation.” He also added that Pearl will be produced in court later today. He has been booked under Sections 376 AB (Punishment for rape on woman under 12 years of age) of the Indian Penal Code, and Sections 4, 8, 12, 19, and 21 under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.