Shiney Ahuja jailed for 7 years in rape case

A Mumbai court on Wednesday convicted Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja to seven years in jail on charges of raping his 20-year-old domestic maid. The Bombay High Court had earlier in October 2009 granted bail to him. Ahuja was arrested on June 15 after preliminary medical tests on the girl confirmed sexual assault. He was charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 376 with rape, along with wrongful restraint and intimidation. Ahuja continued to maintain his innocence in the case.
In September last year, the maid had backtracked from her allegations that Shiney had raped her at his residence in Mumbai and said the incident had never occurred. The 20-year-old girl told the court that she had filed the complaint against the actor at the behest of the woman who had secured her the job of a maid in Shiney's residence. Earlier, in June 2009, the girl had lodged a police complaint alleging that she was raped by the actor at his residence. Shiney was arrested on June 14 and released on bailthree months later. On September 3 last year, the victim had identified Shiney in the court and said she used to work at his residence as a domestic help. But when asked about the incident, she said she was never raped. Following this, the court had declared her hostile.

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