Actress and filmmaker Divya Khosla Kumar took to Instagram on 7th June where she shared a photo of the victim’s parents and wrote a long paragraph questioning the alleged victim’s parents, Anil Dhonde and Ekta Sharma, role in the case against Pearl and also opining that Pearl was no more than a scapegoat in an ugly child-custody battle. Divya brought up Sushant Singh Rajput’s case as she feels Pearl is trapped in a similar situation. “I didn’t know Sushant at all. But my heart reached out to him. In this case, I know Pearl. I am convinced he can’t do something so awful. He is being used to settle scores” she said.
This comes after many big figures from the industry like Ekta Kapoor raised their voice for TV actor Pearl V Puri who was recently arrested in an alleged connection with the rape of a minor under Section 376 (rape) of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act, 2012.
“It’s a very serious charge, and it will have far-reaching repercussions on Pearl’s career. He was just starting out in life. Television had given him stardom. And I can tell you, he was on the verge of signing a very big film. Now everything is lost,” a distressed Divya added.
“Who will be accountable for his aborted career if and when he is proven not guilty?” asked Divya.
Continuing, Divya also spoke about the situation of Pearl’s parents after hearing about their son’s arrest. “Pearl lost his father some time ago. His mother who is not well at all calls me and just cries and cries asking for my help. I feel helpless and angry. I know Pearl well. We’ve worked together. He is a good human being, sincere and hardworking. He doesn’t deserve this. On what grounds have they booked him for such serious charges? This is the frightening side of the #MeToo movement whereby a man’s career and reputation are destroyed, families are ruined”
“These are simple god-fearing people from Agra who have no clue as to how to tackle the situation. I am glad Ekta Kapoor spoke up for Pearl. More people need to come forward in his support because I truly believe he is innocent. What is being done to him by some vested interests is horrific. It should not happen to anyone” Divya added, showing her concern towards the arrested actor’s parents.