Mumbai – Indradev Pandey
The Oshiwara police have filed a case of rape against 27-year-old Kashiff Khan who is owner and Managing Director of Fashion TV (F-TV).
The 31-year-old victim, in her statement to the police said that she had joined Fashion TV as its Brand License Head in February 2020, after graduating from the United States.
The police officers said that the victim had met Khan at a Hotel in Juhu in November 2020, where he allegedly misbehaved with her for the first time. When she objected to Khan’s advances, he sent several text messages apologising for his behaviour which he claimed was under the influence of alcohol. He even assured her that such incident would not occur in the future.
When the office resumed in January this year, the victim reported to her office at Kamala Mills at Lower Parel. Khan continued to stalk her and kept expressing his feelings for her, despite him being married.
After this, the accused would ask his secretary and the victim to accompany him to Goa, Hyderabad and other hotels in Mumbai. As per the FIR, there were confrontations between Khan and the victim at every such visit following the latter’s misbehaviour. Whenever, the victim objected to his advances, Khan would threaten, through her reporting manager, to fire her.
Following an ugly spat at Hyderabad, Khan called the victim to a hotel on February 20, 2021, to apologise and also to meet an important client. When she met Khan at the hotel’s coffee shop, he informed her that he’s booked a suite and the meeting would take place at the suite.
According to the FIR, Khan allegedly raped the victim in the suite and recorded the incident on his mobile phones. He threatened the victim that he would make the video public if she disclosed the incident to anyone. He allegedly threatened the victim and her family with dire consequences.
The following day, on February 21, 2021, Khan allegedly raped the victim again after calling her to apologise and to hand over the recording. All the while he kept confessing his feelings towards her claiming that he was unhappy with his marriage and wanted to separate from his wife.
The victim stopped reporting to work after the second incident. However, Khan’s office staff allegedly threatened to fire her and implicate her in a false case.
The victim then initially filed an FIR against Khan on March 4, 2021, for outraging modesty and molestation. But when the victim explained the physical abuse to the woman police officer investigating the case, it was found that the case was of rape and assault.
Later, the victim’s additional statement was recorded on March 21, after which rape charges under section 376 of the IPC was added.
“We have registered a case and investigating the matter. The woman’s in detail statement has been recorded and we are verifying it,” said Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police (zone 9).
Khan has filed for anticipatory bail in Sessions Court through his advocate Satish Maneshinde.