Bollywood Actor raping Maid Sentence to Jail
Award-winning Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja was sentenced to seven years in prison today for raping his maid, in a case that shocked the world’s largest film industry.
Ahuja was granted bail in October 2009 and ordered by the court to leave Mumbai, the home of Bollywood, three months after he was arrested on charges of rape, criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement of his maid, who is now 20 years old.
The 37-year-old actor will appeal against the sentence in the Mumbai High Court, lawyer Srikant Shivade said. The trial court was closed to reporters. Ahuja won a slew of awards for his 2003 debut in the critically acclaimed Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. He has maintained his innocence throughout the judicial process. In the more than 18 months between arrest and sentencing, Ahuja had been working on a new film.