Scuba diving instructor 'molesting women under the sea'

Scuba diving instructor 'molesting women under the sea'
Published: 2015 April 23 06:43:13 (6971 Views)
A scuba diving instructor, Dhirendra Rawat, who allegedly molested at least three women undersea while scuba diving is still working as an instructor in Uttara Kannada, India.

He was arrested twice and released later and is working even though he doesn't have the permission to do so from the district administration.

Rawat an instructor at Dreamz Diving reportedly abused tourists until came an IT professional blogged about her nightmare at his hands on January 26.

"The monster had my breathing equipment in his control and my oxygen tank in his hands. As we swam across the corals, his hands were no longer on my diving equipment... The shock slowly turned to fright when his hands began to move across my body... I tried to break free but the grasp was too tight. He then signalled asking me if I was okay. I signalled with an 'OK'. 12 meters below sea level, with my breathing equipment under this monster's control, I didn't dare show any fear," she wrote.

The woman filed a complaint, after which Rawat was arrested in February. He was out on bail after a fortnight.

"The charge sheet was filed at Kundapur JMFC Court. He didn't having a diving permit in Uttara Kannada, so he would come to Malpe and Shirur beaches in Udupi district and take tourists off the coast to remote islands," Byndoor sub-inspector Sudarshan said.

Rawat termed the acts of violating women "just playing", according to a woman who confronted him.

The first incident happened in November, when two couples were taken by four diving instructors about 20 nautical miles off Malpe coast, Udupi.



One of the foursome said a woman who had gone with the suspect broke down and said Rawat had groped her.

When they confronted him, he admitted to it, saying 'I was playing with her'.

They called the police, but the woman backed out from filing an FIR, fearing it would affect her future.

"She recently saw a post about it and started crying," said her friend.

In the second incident, he targeted a Punjabi doctor last December.

She lodged a complaint with Byndoor police. He was arrested in January, and spent 15 days in custody till he was granted bail.

When TOI called up Exploita Scuba Diving, Goa, which engages Rawat's services, a spokesperson reportedly said: "Tell me which corporate entity doesn't have cases against it?"

When the molestation cases were pointed out, the person at the other end was apparently taken aback and said the management would review Rawat's services and may even terminate dealings with him.



Source - TOI

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