A 22-year-old model has alleged that the owner of a Jharkhand-based grooming institute raped and blackmailed her for a period of one year. She also accused the man of threatening to send her obscene photos to her relatives if she narrated her ordeal. While forcing the woman to marry him, he even pressured her for religious conversion, said the Versova police.
Notably, the victim had already filed a complaint against the accused in 2021 but withdrew it on his insistence. The model – who hails from Bihar but lives in Mumbai – filed a complaint on May 28, underlining that she was on the brink of ending her life but changed her mind after conversing with a friend.
False Identity and Exploitation
According to the first information report (FIR), the victim got enrolled in the grooming institute in 2021 and the accused had introduced himself as Yash to the model but later it came to fore that his real name is Tanvir Khan.
She alleged that Khan not only groped her but also secretly clicked her obscene photos during a Holi party. Later on the pretext of offering a job, the accused raped the victim and then threatened her not to talk about the incident else he will upload her obscene photos online. In 2022, both went to Bangkok for an assignment, he sexually abused her there as well, said the complaint.
Khan even went a step ahead and sent the victim's obscene photos to her family members, 'compelling' her to end her life. She changed her decision after a striking conversation with a friend, said the woman.
According to senior Inspector Siraj Inamdar, an FIR has been registered against Khan under the Indian Penal Code sections 376 (punishment for rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 328 (causing hurt by the means of poison ), 504 (intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimidation) as well as the Information Technology Act. The case has been transferred to Ranchi, the cop added.
Attempts to Force Conversion and Withdraw Complaint
Tanveer Khan admitted his wrongdoing and attempted to coerce the victim into withdrawing her complaint. In an affidavit submitted to the court, he acknowledged harassing her but claimed that his intention was never to cause harm. He confessed to using these tactics to ensure they could continue their relationship. Additionally, he promised not to engage in such behaviour in the future. However, he continued his troubling actions despite his statement.
Seeking Protection and Legal Intervention
The victim shared a video on her Twitter handle, appealing for security to the Chief Minister of Jharkhand. The police are currently conducting a thorough investigation into the case.
They have transferred the case from Mumbai to Ranchi for further proceedings. However, no substantial action has been taken thus far.
Case transferred to Ranchi Police
According to ANI report, the Versova Police had booked Khan under sections 376(2)(N), 328,506,504,323 of the IPC and section 67 of the IT Act. The officials were quoted saying that the case has now been transferred to Ranchi Police.
She circulated my nude pics among my family, friends: Tanveer Khan
Dismissing the allegations, Tanveer Khan recorded a video and claimed, "The allegations put against me are completely false. She circulated my nude photos among my friends and relatives. She took the help of her friends and boyfriend. She wanted to steal my data of over 60,000 international & Indian models and use them as she had access to the data."
With ANI inputs