Indian television actor Pearl V Puri, along with five others, has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl. The actor has been booked under Section 376 (rape) of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act(POCSO) Act, 2012, the Mumbai police said, as per media reports.
“The incident is old but the 17-year-old minor victim complained to us along with her mother at the police station,” said Sanjay Patil, DCP Zone 2, Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar, according to Hindustan Times.
Pearl, who made his television debut in 2013 with Dil Ki Nazar Se Khoobsurat, was part of the hit supernatural series Naagin.
His Naagin-co-star Anita Hassanandani has lent her support to Pearl. Taking to Instagram, she wrote, "Woke up to some nonsensical news bout @pearlvpuri I know him! It is NOT true ... canNOT be true.... all lies. I’m sure there is more to it. And the truth will be out soon. Love you @pearlvpuri #ISTANDWITHPEARL."
Pearl has been a part of several shows, such as Phir Bhi Na Maane...Badtameez Dil, Naagarjuna Ek Yoddha and Bepanah Pyaar. The actor was last seen in Brahmarakshas 2, in which he played Angad Mehra.