Sanjay Patil, DCP Zone 2, Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar, was quoted by HT as saying, "The incident is old but the 17-year-old minor victim complained to us along with her mother at the police station and we registered case under Section 376 (rape) of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act, 2012."
According to TOI report, police said that it is an old case in which a minor girl had alleged that Pearl V Puri had taken sexual favours from her by promising her a career in television serials.
As per the report the actor is likely to be produced in court today (June 5).
Pearl's Naagin 3 co-star Anita Hassanandani has spoken in support of the actor and says she knows him and it cannot be true. She shared a picture snapped with Pearl and 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."
Here's what Krystle D'souza has to say.
Adhvik Mahajan commented on Anita's post, "Totally Agree 👍."
Fans are shocked and are trending #ISTANDWITHPEARL on Twitter. Take a look at a few tweets!
Cherry | Pearbhian: I have probably never seen a man as well mannered as you, Pearl. Your behaviour with women is 100 on 10. We love you and will always stand by you. #ISTANDWITHPEARL #PearlVPuri #pvp.
@Muskanrathi10: Sorry but its completely unacceptable. I m not even believing this. He is one of the sweetest human i knw regardless of his actor status and also a thorough gentleman. He respect everyone around him so much. #PearlVPuri.
@Santoshkalamat1: We are with you @pearlvpuri. Guys don't spread nonsense words of him. Truth come out soon and then wait please. We believe u, I Believe you my boy. #PearlVPuri.
Sana: What has happened to today's women's and girls it's shameless to use women's rights in a wrong way. I know he can't do this he is a nice guy for money today people can do anything such a shame!#ISTANDWITHPEARL #PearlVPuri.
For women in distress help available at, Central Social Welfare Board -Police Helpline: 1091/ 1291, (011) 23317004; Shakti Shalini- women's shelter: (011) 24373736/ 24373737; All India Women's Conference: 10921/ (011) 23389680; Joint Women's Programme: (011) 24619821; Sakshi- violence intervention center: (0124) 2562336/ 5018873; Nirmal Niketan (011) 27859158; JAGORI (011) 26692700; Nari Raksha Samiti: (011) 23973949; RAHI Recovering and Healing from Incest. A support centre for women survivors of child sexual abuse: (011) 26238466/ 26224042, 26227647.