Minor girl father in Pearl V Puri rape case says he is fighting a alone for justice: Actor Pearl V Puri is currently in police custody, in connection with allegations of raping a five-year-old girl two years ago. While the survivor’s mother has issued a statement in support of the accused actor, her father has now alleged that a lot of false stories and accusations are being spread on social media by influential people, however the girl herself had accused Puri, not him.
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“The girl reported the matter and it was confirmed through a medical examination that the girl was speaking the truth,” the minor girl’s father said in a statement which was shared by his advocate, SpotboyE reported. His claims come on heels of a statement made by the survivor’s mother, who is also an actor in the television industry, and her extended family have spoken about the issue on their Instagram handles, in which they have declared Puri innocent. Adding that the whole case is false, they have alleged that the case was filed by the minor’s father to prove that her mother is not capable of taking care of the daughter.
31-year-old Puri, best known for starring in television serial Naagin 3, was arrested last week by Waliv Police in Vasai (east) on charges of allegedly raping a minor girl. As this news sent shockwaves across the television industry, several celebrities including Anita Hassandani, Karishma Tanna, Surbhi Jyoti, Nia Sharma, Krystle D’Souza and others came out in support of the actor. A family member of the minor girl said her mother has been in an extremely toxic marriage for ten years and she hasn’t had access to her daughter for two years. She further added that the survivor’s mother had been fighting for her daughter’s custody for years and this case is a ploy by her husband to gain custody.
In response, the father’s lawyer claimed all the accusations against him were plotted to divert the matter from the actual fact, that the child has been molested and it is a heinous crime. “If the marriage is good or bad has nothing to do with what happened to the child. The child spoke the truth confirmed by the medical report so why discussion of all this,” the statement noted. Claiming that he is a middle-class man, the lawyer said, “he is fighting all alone in this battle” and is trying to “get justice for year five-year-old child against rape” but everyone is being judgemental about the father rather than actually knowing facts from the police. Read all about the mother’s statement here.
Puri was booked for the alleged rape of a minor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences(POCSO) Act on June 4. Read more about him here.
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