Mumbai: Actor Armaan Kohli was arrested on Monday for allegedly assaulting British-Pakistani actor Sofia Hayat during their stay at a Lonavala-based bungalow for the shooting of reality show 'Bigg Boss'.
Kohli was picked up from the Bigg Boss house by Lonavala city police in connection with the complaint registered against him by Hayat, police said.
On December 11, Hayat, who was recently evicted from 'Bigg Boss 7', had filed an FIR against Kohli at Santacruz police station alleging that she was manhandled and subjected to unparliamentary language by him inside the 'Bigg Boss' house.
"Following the complaint by Hayat, an FIR was registered against co-contestant Armaan Kohli," Arun Chavan, Senior Inspector at Santacruz police station, had told PTI.
The Santacruz Police, after registering a case, transferred the complaint to their counterparts in Lonavala in Pune district, who conducted further probe into the matter.
Kohli has been booked under sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to outrage the modesty of a woman) 506 (criminal intimidation) and 354 a (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.
After filing of the FIR, the 29-year-old actor had tweeted: "Police report done. I'm exhausted with today!. the police have been amazing. Santacruz police have been very professional and courteous."
During her stay, Sofia had quarrel with fellow contestants Tanishaa, Ajaz Khan, but her arguments with Armaan Kohli allegedly turned ugly and violent. During the show, she also demanded the eviction of Armaan for his unruly behaviour.
Twitter was flooded with messages of support and praise to Safia Hayat for having the courage to stand up for justice. Here are some of the tweets from her fans:
Stella Justine Yeh @StellaYeh_08
violence against WOMAN is not acceptable anywhere in the world. Hope Armaan learnt his lessons & all d other men too
Very well done sofia for ur fight for justice, arman must be out of show and must learn how to respect women and face law now
Naresh Surana @iamnareshsurana
Woke up wid such a happy news! Armaan in jail! This should have happnd long back! Proud of @sofiahayat ! #brave #innocent #ontheface U rock!
Archana Gupta @archana1902
@sofiahayat love you girl for standing up to armaan even Salman is a sissy