Outcry as Indian film body readmits actor accused of kidnap plot

Outcry as Indian film body readmits actor accused of kidnap plot

Vote to reinstate Mollywood star Dileep prompts women including his accuser to quit

A star of Indian cinema accused of involvement in the kidnapping and sexual assault of another actor has been readmitted to an industry association, triggering a wave of resignations from the group, including by his alleged victim.

Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai, better known by his stage name Dileep, is awaiting trial over an incident in February 2017 in which a group of men allegedly forced their way into the woman’s car and sexually assaulted her as they drove around Kochi city, in Kerala state, for several hours.

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