Veteran actress raped in India over testimony

Veteran actress raped in India over testimony

NEW DELHI - Indian veteran actress was allegedly raped by businessman Mohammed Sarfaraz Ehsaan, alias Anup Amar Khanna, on the day she supported the allegations of two women who claimed he had duped them.

The actress told the police that she went through the ordeal after her statement was recorded by the Bangur Nagar police on July 27, 2016 in connection with the cheating and forgery case that was filed based on Goregaon resident Pooja Sahani’s complaint.

According to the police, the actress told them that she read in the newspaper that Sarfaraz was arrested on February 2, 2016 for cheating a woman named Dipali Patil. After this, the actress began asking the businessman to repay the money he had borrowed from her and showed him the papers of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) flats in Lokhandwala which he had purportedly bought for her two sons by selling her jewellery worth Rs 4.5 crore.

After getting bail, Sarfaraz had given her allotment papers of a Santacruz flat and a letter of the Juhu Tara Road flat that he claimed to have booked in the names of her sons. However, on February 15, 2016, the actress learnt that Sarfaraz was arrested by the Bangur Nagar police for cheating Pooja Sahani. The police said on July 27, 2016 the actress was called to Bangur Nagar police station to record her statement.

“Sarfaraz escorted her to the police station. However, while returning, he threatened her as he was angry about the facts that she had revealed to the police,” said an officer. On entering her house with the excuse of using the bathroom, he sexually abused her.

Pooja Sahani confirmed the accusation and said that not just the actress and her, Sarfaraz had cheated several women and extracted money from them on the promise of marriage.