Things have not been going well for the Indian Television Industry right now. Just a few days ago, shocking news came out that Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai fame Karan Mehra abused his wife Nisha Rawal. Now, the Naagin 3 fame actor Pearl V Puri is under fire. Let us get into it.
On 4th June, Pearl V Puri was arrested for raping and molesting a minor girl who is 5 years old. This news brought shockwaves throughout the television industry and the fans, as nobody ever expected that this might be true. Puri is a very well known television actor having acted in several shows such as Phir Bhi Na Maane Badtameez Dil, Meri Saasu Maa, Nagarjuna Ek Yoddha, Naagin 3, Bepannah Pyaar, Brahmarakshas Phir Jaag Utha Shaitan, etc.
Since the news broke out, a lot of well-known television stars came to his support. Ekta Kapoor, the producers of Puri’s shows like Naagin 3, Bepannah Pyaar, and Brahmarakshas Phir Jaag Utha Shaitan, came in his defense and posted a picture on her Instagram with a long lengthy caption that says, “Will I support a child molester… or a molester of any kind?
But what I witnessed from last night to now, was the absolute low in human depravity. How can humanity go to this level? How can people who are upset with each other, drag a third person into their own fight? How can a human being take on another human being and do this?
After various calls with the child’s/girl’s mother, who openly said that Pearl was not involved and it’s her husband trying to create stories to keep her child and prove that a working mother on a set cannot take care of her kid.
If this is true then it is wrong on so many levels! Using an extremely important movement like ‘Me Too’ frivolously, to get your own agendas met with and mentally torturing a child and making an innocent person guilty.
I have no right to decide, the courts will decide who is right & wrong.
My opinion only comes from what the girl’s mother said to me last night & that is – Pearl is innocent … and it is very very sad if people are using various tactics to prove working mothers are unable to take care of their children because there are predators on the set.
I have all the voice notes and messages between the child’s mother and me which clearly point to the false allegations being put on Pearl.
The film industry is as safe or as unsafe as any other business. To give it a bad name to get your agenda sorted is the lowest form of low ever.
If by chance, Pearl is proved innocent, I request people to look more deeply into how the important & much needed movement in today’s time, are being used unfairly reducing the gravitas of the situation. May justice prevail!”
The mother of the victim, Ekta Sharma, also finally spoke out about this matter. In her official statement, she said, “A lot of people are calling and asking me to come to the media and speak. My silence should not be constructed as my weakness. My respect and faith in the judiciary have made me take this step.
Many people have chosen to ridicule me and my daughter in public which is not permissible by law. Publicizing a victim’s name in public is an offense. I choose to remain silent as I am not the complainant in the case. Whatever is true shall come out.”
Sharma further adds, “The matter is subjudice and here I am not speaking to anyone as the custody case is pending in the High Court and it’s my earnest request to all that please don’t make a mockery of the legal system as I have given my statement to the concerned authorities. Let the truth prevail.”
After all this drama, the father of the victim came out and released a statement. He said that when he went to pay the school fee of his daughter, she came running to him and hugged him, and told him everything that she has been going through.
At first, she called the accused by his screen name, Raghbir, and as the father doesn’t watch soap operas, he didn’t know who Raghbir was. Later, when she was shown the picture of Puri, she confirmed that it was him. Raghbir is the name of Puri’s character in Bepanah Pyaar.
Later, the victim repeated the same story to the magistrate and gave 164 statements accusing the same person. It was also said that the mother and father of the victim were going through relationship problems, and the father was trying to get her daughter’s custody saying that a single mother is incapable of handling a daughter alone.
About this, the father of the victim said that it is not true and the well known faces from the television industry are trying to divert the case. Nothing has been clear about this issue till now.
Since the news broke out, a lot of Puri’s close friends came out openly to support him.
His another co-star from the show, Anita Hassanandani Reddy, also came to support him and wrote:
Jamai Raja fame actress Nia Sharma also tweeted saying:
Krystle D’souza, known for her shows like Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, Brahmarakshas Jaag Utha Shaitan, Belan Wali Bahu, etc, also defended Pearl saying:
Ankit Mohan, known for his roles in Kumkum Bhagya and Mahabharat, wrote:
The 31 year old actor was sent to 14 days judicial custody in Vasai. He was charged for rape and molestation under section of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POSCO) Act.
As of now, he has been granted bail.
After his bail, Karishma Tanna, his another co-star from Naagin 3, also came to his support and wrote: