Features Friday, May 08, 2015 - 05:30
One of India’s leading choreographers, Shiamak Davar, has been accused of sexual abuse by two of his former students, who were then minors. In an exclusive interview with CBC News, Canadian residents Percy Shroff (40) and Jimmy Mistry (33), say they endured years of unwanted sexual touching at the hands of Shiamak. The pair, who live in North Vancouver, also claimed that Shiamak was the leader of a spiritual group called VRRP Spiritual Learning Group and alleged that abused his authority as their spiritual leader to control all aspects of their lives.  "I used to believe that his word was god.… I just wanted to please him," Shroff said. His claims include that Shiamak started to groom him at the age of 16 for sexual exploitation.   Mistry and Shroff allege that they were in their teens when they met Davar in the 1990s through one of his dance schools in Mumbai. The Provence reported that after being singled out for special treatment, the two alleged that they were made members of the spiritual group. Davar has not only rubbed shoulders with Bollywood stars, but also international celebrities like Richard Gere, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and has even choreographed for Hollywood films like Mission Impossible 4. In his defence to a Canadian court, Davar says that all the allegations are false and Mistry and Shroff were trying to ruin “his character, reputation and affiliated organizations.”​ He claimed that he has never had any sexual relations with any of his students or used spirituality to manipulate any of them. VRRP is a spiritual group that follows the teachings of Khorsheed Bhavnagari who authored the book, The Laws of the Spirit World in which she claimed that she communicated with her two dead sons through auto-writing.
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