Mumbai, June 15 (ANI): Bollywood actor Shiny Ahuja was formally arrested on Monday on charges of raping his domestic help.
Reports said that Ahuja was arrested after preliminary medical tests confirmed that he had raped his 18-year-old domestic help. He had also threatened to kill her.
The maid filed a case with Mumbai's Oshiwara police last night according to which the actor gagged and raped her while they were alone in his house on Sunday (June 14) in the absence of his wife and child.
Earlier police said Shiney was booked under Section 376 for rape, but later the charge of threatening to kill - IPC Sec 506 - was added, police said.
The actor, who is known for his roles films like 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi' and 'Gangster', was due to be taken into court later today. Heavy police presence is expected outside court since the incident has generated a lot of media and public curiosity.
Sources say Ahuja's wife and child, who were not at home when the alleged crime occurred, are back in Mumbai, but his wife has been unavailable for comment so far.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has expressed shock at the incident, saying if the charges are proved the actor should be condemned and boycotted by the entire industry.
Under Section 376 a rape convict shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than seven years. The accused could also be punished for life or for a term which may extend to ten years.
The accused may also be liable to fine unless the woman raped is his own wife and is not under twelve years of age.
Ahuja made his acting debut with the critically acclaimed 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi' in 2004. In 2005, he acted in 'Karam'. He then shot to popularity for his title role in Mahesh Bhatt's 'Gangster' in 2006 , following it up with 'Woh Lamhe' in 2006 and 'Khoya Khoya Chand' in 2008. (ANI)