In a shocking incident, the CEO of Being Human Foundation, the NGO set up by superstar Salman Khan, has been accused under several counts of assault including grave physical assault of a model where she has lost hearing in one ear.
Manish Mandhana, garment manufacturer and CEO of Being Human Clothing and The Mandhana Retail Ventures Ltd, has also been accused of systematic sexual exploitation of models under the pretext of professional work. The police have already registered an FIR and sources say that an arrest warrant is on the way.
According to a report in Mid-Day, Mandhana has been accused of physical assault by model-actor Andria D'Souza. The survivor filed an FIR at Gamdevi police station on March 4 (a copy of which is in Mid-Day's possession), alleging that Mandhana abused her physically in November 2017. The attack led to her developing sensorineural hearing loss in the right ear. Mandhana has been charged under Section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.
D'Souza told Mid-day that she had met Mandhana first in Dubai in 2015 during the launch of a Being Human store. "We started chatting on social media in October 2015. Since 2013, I have been shuttling between Dubai and Mumbai in search of work in movies, and I finally shifted base to Mumbai in December 2015. I met Manish in person then and we hit it off instantly. I was aware that he was married, but he lied to me saying that his marriage was practically over, and that his wife and he were staying together for their kids. I believed him. We were in a happy space until mid-2017 when I learnt that he had said similar things to another woman and later dumped her. When I confronted him, he denied it."
D'Souza then narrated a cycle of acute physical abuse and how he used to have physical relationships with other models as well. D'Souza narrates one incident where she had to skip Bigg Boss auditions as her face was swollen.
In one specific incident, D'Souza says that she was slapped so hard and so many times at one spot that she lost her ability to hear sounds in her left ear. Medical reports retained by D'Souza confirm her claim of losing her hearing ability due to "sudden injury" to the internal organs of the ear due to a slap or a blow.
D'Souza said she has submitted the medical reports as well as photographs of her injuries to the police. When questioned why she waited 15 months to file a police complaint, D'Souza told mid-day, "I was recovering from my injuries. Also, my friends dissuaded me from taking action against Manish since he is a powerful man. I finally mustered the courage and decided that I had to tell everyone about his abusive behaviour. I am not looking for compensation. I want justice. I am thankful to Assistant Commissioner of Police Chandrakant Thale and the team of Gamdevi police for registering my complaint."
Police inspector Rakesh Jadhav of Gamdevi police station, said, "We have recorded the statement of the victim and an FIR is registered. Necessary action will be taken."
Salman Khan hasn't issued a statement so far about the incident.