Two days after national award winner Guru Syed Sallauddin Pasha was arrested for allegedly molesting and sexually assaulting one of his students, his institute, Ability Unlimited Foundation, wore a forlorn look on Tuesday. More than 70 girls training at the foundation have returned home.
“I do not know about the future of the foundation as I was not a part of it. But I feel for the girls as I have trained them in Kathak. I support the girls on humanitarian grounds. I know they have been assaulted and I have proof to support my allegation. I have told the police that I will help them bring forth the truth,” Pasha’s wife Rani Khanam, a celebrated Kathak dancer and winner of a national award, said, speaking to Newsline.
Khanam has filed a separate complaint of domestic violence, attempt to murder and abatement to suicide against Pasha. Khanam said she would hold a press conference soon. The foundation as well as Khanam’s office were locked on Tuesday.
Pasha’s wife recorded her statement before a magistrate on Tuesday. “She supported the contents she had stated in her FIR. She stated that she was physically assaulted and tortured by Pasha. A detailed statement was recorded,” a police officer said. Pasha was arrested after one of his students alleged that he sexually abused disabled girls, minors and women artistes at his foundation.
“The student alleged that Pasha sexually assaults minors on the pretext of healing them. According to the complaint, he often addresses students as his daughters and molests them. The complainant said she even has a video tape, in which a disabled student alleges that while touring Bangalore for a stage show, Pasha forced her to share a room and then sexually assaulted her,” a police officer said, quoting the complaint.
According to the girl, she did not complain earlier as she was worried about how people would react, but decided to tell the authorities after he continued to outrage the modesty of girls. The foundation run by Pasha is an organisation which trains and empowers wheelchair-bound persons. At the foundation, Pasha trains students in Bharatnatyam, yoga and Sufi dances on wheels among other forms.