Mumbai-based model Leena Kapoor claims that Asad Rauf, who has officiated in more than 100 international cricket matches, sexually exploited her after promising marriage.
Renowned cricket umpire Asad Rauf has been caught on the back foot following allegations by an Oshiwara-based model that the former Pakistan first-class cricketer sexually exploited her for several months after promising marriage.
Leena Kapoor has sent a written complaint (copy with MiD DAY) to the office of Pratap Dighavkar, DCP, zone IX. She has mentioned that she had met Rauf through a mutual friend in Sri Lanka six months ago. They exchanged numbers and then stayed together in the country for three days.
In her complaint, Leena said she met Rauf through a mutual acquaintance in Sri Lanka six months ago. They became closer during the latter’s frequent visits to India for his Indian Premier League assignments. Rauf, a married man and a father of two children, allegedly promised to marry her, maintaining that his religion allowed him to have more than one wife. The model has produced her photographs with the umpire as proof of the relationship.
“I asked him several times about the marriage and he would always tell me that it would happen soon,” Kapoor told MiD DAY, adding, a few days earlier she tried calling Rauf but he did not respond. Six days ago, he called her up and made it clear that he did not want any interaction with her. Rauf, however, has denied any relationship with the model and called her an acquaintance.
On reaching Mumbai, she fell ill. Rauf came over to see her and their bond grew stronger. Kapoor says Rauf committed at the time that he would marry her and get her a new flat. He told her he was married and had two kids, but his religion allowed him to have more than one wife and his family would give its consent.
The two kept meeting, often when Rauf — who is a member of ICC Elite Umpire Panel — would come over to India to officiate in tournaments including the IPL. “I asked him several times about the marriage and he would always tell me that it would happen soon,” Kapoor told MiD DAY.
Kapoor said that a few days earlier she tried calling Rauf, but there was no response from his side. Five days ago, he allegedly called her up saying he didn’t know her and didn’t want any further interactions with her.
According to officials from the DCP’s office, they have received a letter and an inquiry would be conducted soon.
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