Actor Pearl V Puri was denied bail on Friday after being detained in the rape and molestation of a seven-year-old girl. The Waliv Police detained the prominent TV star on June 4 after the minor’s father filed a complaint at the station. Pearl requested for bail on June 7, and the hearing was rescheduled for today. However, he was denied bail in the case.
As reported by Times of India, DCP Sanjay Patil of Zone 2, Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar, informed that the next hearing has been scheduled for the next week. “He did not get bail today. The court hearing for the bail plea has been postponed to Tuesday, June 15,” he said. Pearl remains in judicial custody till June 15 in Thane jail.
Earlier today, the victim’s father broke his silence on the subject and slammed the “influential” industry figures who had come out in support of Pearl. He stated that his daughter is not a liar and that she personally identified Pearl. He went on to say that his daughter’s medical testing proved molestation.
“On reaching home the child narrated what happened to her. The father immediately called the police and after a medical examination of the child at Nair hospital, it was confirmed that the child speaks the truth that molestation has happened. The child named the accused with his screen name (Ragbir). The father does not watch TV serials so he did not know him at all, nor he was aware that Ragbir is the screen name of someone. After further investigation, it came to be known that Ragbir is the screen name of an actor and his actual name is Pearl Puri,” read the official statement from the father.
On social media, Nia Sharma, Ekta Kapoor, Divya Khosla Kumar, Shaheer Sheikh, Karishma Tanna, Hina Khan, and Anita Hassanandani have all shown their support for Pearl. The offence has been charged under the POSCO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) Act of 2012.