|Should the rape taint mark the end of Shiney Ahuja’s acting career? Or should Bollywood give him the benefit of the doubt and take him back into the fold?
As per law, a man is innocent until proven guilty. Though Shiney was pronounced “guilty” in March this year by a Mumbai court in the rape case of his maid (dating back to 2009) and sentenced to seven years of imprisonment, the actor is using all the legal options available to him by approaching the High Court.
On Tuesday, May 3, Shiney walked out of Arthur Road Jail after being granted bail by Bombay High Court. Now, a long judicial process lies ahead after which Shiney will still have the option of moving to the Supreme Court.
Till all the judicial options are exhausted -- and that will surely take time -- Shiney has no career to look forward to. He has literally been ostracised from the industry after the rape case. Ever since he was first arrested for allegedly raping his maid in 2009, he has only wrapped up a pending film Accident and done another film called Mary Magdalene.
There have been hushed voices of support for Shiney from some quarters in Bollywood, but no one has yet come out and spoken out loud in support of the actor. So is the talent of Shiney destined to rot away?
We ask our readers -- should Shiney Ahuja be given a second chance? Or does he deserve to be an outcast?