Television actor Pearl V Puri has been arrested by the Mumbai Police. He and five others were arrested in Vasai in connection with the rape of a minor.
Mumbai: Popular television actor Pearl V Puri has been arrested by the Mumbai Police. He and five others have been arrested in a rape case of minor. The actor was arrested on Friday(June4) late-night after a girl and her family filed a rape and molestation case against him in Mumbai. He has been arrested by Waliv Police Station (MBVV Commissionerate). Amboli Police Station assisted.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, the incident is not new but the 17-year-old girl has filed a complaint now. The actor had befriended the girl, according to the police. The case has been registered under Section 376 (rape) of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act(POCSO) Act, 2012. He also added that the actor is remanded in police custody by Vasai Court.
Sanjay Patil, DCP Zone 2, Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar, told HT, "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."
As soon as the news of Pearl's arrest surfaced, his Naagin 3 co-star Anita Hassanandani came out in his support and said that she is sure there's more to the story, implying that Pearl is not guilty. Sharing a photo with him on Instagram, she wrote, "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." Many fans of the thanked Anita for standing by the actor and insisted that he is innocent.
Pearl has been working in television industry for over 9 years. After making his debut with Dil Ki Nazar Se Khoobsurat in 2013, he went on to work in shows like Naagarjuna Ek Yoddha, Naagin 3, Bepanah Pyaar and Brahmaraksha.