Victim 1, aged 25, had worked in Marathi, Bhojpuri and Hindi films. In 2018, she met a casting director named Raunak, who then helped her get roles in web series and short films. In early February, Raunak offered the victim a project to be made with Rowa Khan. In her statement, the victim reveals, “On February 2, 2021, Raunak asked me to meet him in Malad. Rowa and Raunak arrived in a car and they took me to Green Park bungalow in Malvani area of Madh Island. There after making me wear uncomfortable and extremely short clothes, I was handed a script and Rowa Khan promised to pay me Rs 25000. I was initially given a script to read called ‘Single Mother’. But soon after I was told that the script will not suit me because I was very thin. So, I was given another script by the name of ‘Bartan Wali’. I felt dirty after reading the script, I told Rowa madam that I won’t be able to work on it.” The victim though was assured by Rowa that not many people will watch the show because the platform was going to charge money to view the content.
Rowa went on to convince the victim that they would change her name and look for the film and not reveal her identity or her face. Rowa also said that all heroines have to work in such films before they get their big break. Once the victim was talked into doing it she was made to record a video byte. She says, “I had to look into the mobile camera and say ‘Hi, my name is Shanaya. I have worked in a very bold web series on Hot Hit channel. To see this look, download, like and subscribe to the Hot Hit channel. I have no problem with this web series being released anywhere.”
The lead actor Bhanu and another friend of Rowa’s named Pratibha further convinced the victim that she will only benefit from working in the show. The victim further says, “In this web series I was called sexy bartan wali. Once shooting began the hero took me to a room and asked me to lie down on the bed. The dialogues that were given to me then, made me uncomfortable and I kept stuttering and had to take retakes. Rowa madam lost her patience and shouted at me. She said, ‘Have you never had a boyfriend? Why are you so shy? It’s not like I am asking you to have sex’.”
The victim was constantly goaded by Rowa into acting amorous and seductive. The victim also noticed that all the scenes were being shot in a mobile phone camera. Having shot half the script, Rowa and the cameraman informed the victim that she will have to perform nude. She recalls, “Rowa madam told me all remaining scenes will be shot without clothes. She assured me there would be no real sex, but I would have to be completely naked. When I protested and asked to be let go, she threatened me that she’d file a case against me. Also, she will force me to pay damages for all the costs of the shoot and not pay me my wage as well. Furthermore, she will ensure no one works with me again. Under pressure, I agreed. After practicing 2-3 times, I was able to perform the scene on the bed in half-naked condition. Just as we finished a kissing scene with the lead hero, a few men and women, wearing civilian clothes barged into the room and claimed to be the police. The shooting was immediately called off.”
The second victim, aged 20 years had been working in Hindi and Marathi serials since 2016, during which she made an acquaintance of a guy name Ajit. It was Ajit who in turn introduced Victim 2 to casting directors Naresh and Mitul on January 10, 2021. During a conference call, Naresh offered Victim 2 a role in a web series about a Queen. She was informed that the series was being shot in Madh Island and that she would be given a remuneration of Rs 10,000 for her role. In her statement the girl further revealed, “Naresh asked me to meet him near Malad station, after which he took me to Green Park bungalow in Malvani area. Over there Naresh informed me that the producer director of this web series would be Gehana Vasisht. The man who looked after my make-up was named Umesh. After a while Gehana Vasisth brought me clothes and having worn that costume, I went out on to the garden of the bungalow to shoot. It was here that Gehana explained to me about my role and said that this web series was the story of a King, his Queen and three dwarves.”
Victim 2 was told by Gehana that she was playing the role of the Queen while the King would be played by a guy named Akash. The victim was also assured that the entire series will be shot with her being fully clothed. After starting the shoot in the garden, Gehana then escorted the victim inside the bungalow. The victim further elaborates, “There she gave me scarves to wear, at the same time the three dwarves came in. One of the dwarves told me that they are waiting for me to turn 18 so that they could have physical relations with me. After saying that he started taking me to another room but when I refused to do so, Gehana threatened me and forcefully took me inside. After that the 3 dwarves took off my clothes and had physical relations with me turn by turn. After this whole thing was shot, the dwarves left the room.”
Victim 2 alleges that Gehana then made her change into new clothes. When she refused to cooperate any further and requested to leave, Gehana threatened her. The victim says, “She told me that they had spent Rs 10 lakhs for the shoot of the series and if I left, I would have to pay them 10 lakhs compensation. I told her, I don’t have that kind of money.” Following which the guy named Akash entered the room and proceeded to having physical relations with the victim. The victim concludes, “Once the shoot was done the I pleaded to Gehana to let me go and then she threatened me and warned me to not speak about this shoot to anyone nor go to the police, or there would be dire consequences.”
The sources have withheld names of both victims for security reasons. The details in these statements allege that Gehana Vasisht and Rowa Khan forced the victims to partake in the making of obscene content. Gehana is yet to appear in front of the crime branch officials and record her statement in the on-going investigation of the pornography case.