Actor Pearl V Puri, who has worked on projects like "Phir Bhi Na Maane...Badtameez Dil", "Naagarjuna Ek Yoddha", "Naagin 3", and "Bepanah Pyaar", has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor two years ago.
The Tv actor has been arrested for raping a now 17-year-old girl. A case was registered against Puri by the victim’s father in 2019.
As per reports by Hindustan Times, the Valiv police told media that the victim’s father had approached them in 2019 alleging that his daughter was sexually assaulted. The identity of the accused had not been revealed at the time the investigation began."
Sanjay Patil, DCP Zone 2, Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar, said, "The incident is old but the 17 year old minor victim complained to us along with her mother at the police station and we registered case under Section 376 (rape) of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act(POCSO) Act, 2012." Pearl has been remanded in police custody by Vasai court.
He also shared that the accused would be produced in court later on June 5, 2021.
Pearl V Puri 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.
However, some celebs are condemning the complete situation as they are unable to believe the news. They feel that there must be more to it.
Actress Anita Hassanandani called the arrest 'nonsensical news'. Taking to her Instagram account, Anita shared a picture with Pearl and captioned the post: "Woke up to some nonsensical news bout @pearlvpuri I know him! It is NOT true ... canNOT be true... all lies. I’m sure there is more to it. And the truth will be out soon. Love you @pearlvpuri #ISTANDWITHPEARL."
Actors Krystle Dsouza and Shalin Bhanot as well have stood in solidarity with the belief that it cannot be true.
Bhanot posted: "Hearing all sorts of crappie news about @pearlvpuri .. I know him very well.. we all know him, he is such a lovely boy. He cannot do wrong. I am so surprised how can a persons Achievements and stardom become his nightmare. Its So unfair. I am with Pearl. Pearl I love you bro. All will get fine. #truthwillprevail #ihavefaith."
Krystal Dsouza Krystle shared a post on Pearl urging fans not to draw any conclusions on ‘baseless allegations’.
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Puri was last seen in "Brahmarakshas 2", in which he essayed the role of Angad Mehra.
He made his TV debut in 2013 with "Dil Ki Nazar Se Khoobsurat". He has also appeared in the second and third seasons of Bigg Boss as a guest.
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