Opinion

Horrifying Villainy of Ravi Melwani – RVM Foundation- An Ultra-Rich Businessman and a Serial Sexual Predator – #meToo

RVM Foundation - Ravi Melwani

On obscure corners of internet, victims of a powerful businessman’s unabashed sexual assault have been screaming “me too” for years now. And his team has duly been getting the plaints pulled down from websites.

He’s been at it for at least a decade, moving on from one woman to another with disturbing regularity, shocking audacity and near-absolute impunity. The list of his victims is perhaps longer than anybody else’s.

I’m a journalist. I got a whiff of this case in January. Since then, I’ve spoken with about a dozen ex-employees of this accused. Saw tonnes of complaints against him on internet, posted on different platforms, spread over years, perfectly in sync with the allegations made by the women I interviewed. I won’t have taken the step of publishing these accusations if I weren’t unmistakably convinced about their veracity.

You might ask that if I’m a journalist, why this exposé isn’t appearing on a news portal. I tried. Since January third week, this story pitch has been sent to multiple publications. Waiting for them to act has been frustrating. Now, I’m out of patience. This story needs to be told and there can’t be a better time than now. Media didn’t put this story out so I’m turning to other platforms.

Multiple ex-employees accuse larger-than-life philanthropist of molestation

(Note: Names of all the women have been changed to protect their identity.)

The Shivoham Shiva temple on Old Airport Road in Bangalore is a revered landmark, known for its grandeur and the 65-foot-tall statue of Lord Shiva. In a plush office right next to the temple, its owner and philanthropist Ravi V Melwani has allegedly been sexually exploiting his female employees for years.

Melwani is a businessman with deep roots. Adjoining his high-profile Shiva temple is his pet project, Kemp Fort Mall, which was founded in 1997 as Kemp Fort. His father pioneered the concept of supermarket way back in 1990 with Big Kids Kemp, a cherished landmark of Bangalore of yore. He is the chairman of a charitable organisation, RVM Foundation, whose key projects are a free hospital and a free shelter for the destitute.

He operates out of an office on the fourth floor of Kemp Fort Mall. Only women are employed in this office. Melwani, 51, is the only male there. No other man is allowed entry. Nine women who have worked here told this reporter about the culture of sexual exploitation.

Diya, who had a tiny stint at RVM Foundation about eight years ago, narrated the time she was called into Melwani’s cabin soon after joining the company. She said his disconcerting gaze was fixated upon her in the team meeting one morning. As the meeting ended, a couple of colleagues scurried to her to caution that she was his new target and advised her not to be left alone with him.

Though clueless about his ways, she felt something was off but couldn’t decline his summon, which surely came. Just two of them in his glass cabin, he began with a pep talk about the importance of her role in the company. He gave her his personal number and insisted that she call him any time if she ever needed any help, even if it’s night. He then took to praising her eyes. From here, it didn’t take him long to switch gears.

RVM Foundation - Ravi Melwani

“Would you mind if I hug you? Is it OK if I kiss you?” Diya quoted him as saying.

In her early 20s then, she said her mind went numb. Seeing her frozen to silence, she said Melwani artfully began rationalizing his overture by citing spiritual mumbo-jumbo and dubbing physical intimacy a mere means to “nirvana”. She thanks her good fortune that he relented and she came out untouched.

Only a couple of days later, she realized how lucky she was when another new joinee tearfully told her how the boss forced himself upon her and smooched her in the office library. Diya quit the company within a week of these incidents.

The daily walks
Mitra, who too was in her early 20s when she worked at RVM Foundation for a couple of months, cannot fathom how a girl could work there and not be molested. She recounted the harrowing experience she had when she was ordered to accompany the boss for his daily walk.

All the ex-employees this reporter spoke with said Melwani’s glass cabin, the office library and the open space around the office where he would take a walk twice in the day were among the spots where he would make a move. Often, a girl would be asked to accompany him for his morning and evening walks. One day, he demanded to see Mitra and asked her to take a walk with him.

“It was so disgusting,” she shuddered as she brought up that memory.

She said that after one round, he proposed going to the library. She asked why, to which he simply said he wanted to show her the place. There, she said he opened a locker loaded with bundles of cash on the pretext of taking out some money.

“So he’s like, ‘If you’ll be cooperative with me, if you’re good with me, you can also spend my money,’” she said.

She muttered an OK, naively thinking he meant she could earn incentives or promotion if she did well in her job. He followed this up by mentioning his frequent foreign trips and said he had brought some dresses and tops when he last visited Singapore.

“He opened his cupboard, he took out a top and he gave it to me. I’m like, ‘Thank you so much.’ He’s like, eh, ‘Wear it!’ I said, ‘Ummm… No. I will probably wear it tomorrow.’ He said, ‘Wear it!’ Then I went to other room. He says, ‘Why you want the other room! You can wear it here!’ I mentioned I’m not comfortable. He’s like, ‘You need to be comfortable with me. You need to feel, you and me are the same.’ I just told him, ‘I’m not comfortable. If you want me to wear it, I can go to the other room and wear it,’” she said.

As she didn’t cave in, he quit insisting that she change in front of him. But then he tried to hug her, she alleged. She wriggled out of it and asked that they leave the library. This was the end of that episode.

She had more such encounters in the following weeks. She said he’d often text her in the night–You’re being missed/I wish you could join me/I wish we could get together/If you ever need my help, you know I’m always there–and leave her agitated. She said her job profile required her to interact with him and he would often try to kiss and embrace. She narrated an incident that she said was particularly frightening.


The vanity van nightmare

Mitra said it was a customized van–another ex-employee who too has been in the vehicle compared it to a celebrity’s vanity van–and had a nicely furnished, spacious compartment at the back. She said this section was sealed from the two seating rows in the front. She said Melwani would be in the last compartment alone with the girls one by one, in the order of their drop.

“And what he’d try to do in there, that’s very obvious.”

Hers was the last drop and she was called to the back compartment. “Then, you know, he started trying to be very kinky with me.” She said she resisted and told him she wasn’t fine with it. “Still he was, like, hugging me. Trying to touch me here, there, everywhere.”

Even though they were far from where she stayed, she told Melwani her house was right there; she got off the van and got into a random housing society to get him off her back. After the van left, she said she walked the deserted road alone at midnight to get to her residence.

“I just couldn’t bear it. It was horrible,” she said of his incessant and unabashed sexual advances during her short stint in his company.

She said a colleague of hers had told her how Melwani casually tried to talk her into getting intimate with him. She said he told her colleague: “I don’t think you should have any problem because anyways you’re married. No one is gonna figure it out.”


Kiss & goodbye

Mitra said the only explanation for Melwani’s behaviour could be that he is mentally sick. Her torment ended only after she quit his company. She said he didn’t spare her even when she approached him to get his signature on the exit form.

“He tried to smooch me. I turned my face and, like, the… Finally, the bad, saliva-kiss came on my cheek,” she said, recalling her last day in that office. “I was so disgusted because I could see everyone was staring at me.”

While Melwani saw one employee off with a kiss, he greeted another with his eagerness to hug in their very first meeting. Swati said when she met the chairman for job interview about a decade ago, he brought up how the society is restrictive and objects to even people hugging. She said she chimed in, condemning moral policing, not knowing he would try to hug her only minutes later.

“This was our first meeting and why did he want to hug me anyway! I said he was being too literal and he stopped short, a bit taken aback. Very stupidly, he asked me why I was resisting when just then I had agreed that hugging was alright,” she told this reporter in an email.

“He had made some grandiose statements about loving everyone and universal love. Now that sounded like quaint philosophy, so I agreed. Again, this translated into crude attempts at hugging,” she said.

After this meeting, she said she debated joining this company but concluded that if he did back off when she asked him to, things must be all right. But shortly after she joined, he asked her if she wanted to see the library. “In there, he started to kiss me very roughly and I pushed him away. I was very harsh in return too. When he went on about how it was alright to touch etc, I said, ‘No, it wasn’t for me,’” she said.

Like with Mitra, he allegedly tried to lure her too with money. “Waving a wad of cash seems familiar. He did that with me and I said my salary would be enough,” she said.

Swati said he stopped bothering her after a point. But then a colleague told her how the management was putting immense pressure on her to give in to his demands or lose the job. “A co-worker was given the ultimatum of ‘Do it with me or quit.’ She was quitting soon but before that, she told me how tastelessly he had proposed to her. She was married and with a child but that hadn’t deterred him.”


‘Work’ trips
Swati doesn’t remember the details but she does recall Melwani talking a lot about travelling for work and staying together in an attached hotel room, a proposal she said she summarily rejected. Another ex-employee, Archana, distinctly remembers her own exchange with the boss in this regard, since this was what compelled her to put down her papers.

Describing how Melwani would take girls to the library and come on to them, she said she too went through this episode. She said when he tried to grab her, she pushed him away and told him off.

“So he said, ‘Ok, I’ll make you the manager and come for a foreign trip with me. And there you have to behave as my girlfriend and we have to share the same room,’” she said.

Even as she held her ground, a promotion and a pay hike came along. And eventually, along came the boss’s demand. “He asked me that we’ll go for a foreign trip and you will have to act as my girlfriend because I have increased your salary and designation,” she said.

“One girl has to behave as his girlfriend whenever he’s going for a foreign trip. Ok, so this time, he chose me, because I was very new. So he chose me and his secretary came and asked me. So I told his secretary that I will not do that for sure.”


Catch ’em young
Another ex-employee, Neeta, said she observed that Melwani would approach unmarried, young girls immediately after their joining whereas he would be reluctant in approaching married women. She believes her being married saved her during her few months there.

“There was really high attrition rate in that organisation during that time and ever so often, I saw people joining and leaving in a day or two. I always used to wonder why,” she shared over chat on social media.

Her own junior quit just a day after joining. “After lunch, I saw her panicking. She said that she isn’t feeling well and needed to go home,” she recounted. The girl never came back. Nor did she return any calls or answer messages.

Though nothing unpleasant happened with Neeta, she said her office friends would warn her every time she sought to discuss work with the chairman. Alarmed and confused, she’d keep asking them to explain their concern. Eventually, they told her about the daily walks, the library trap and the bait of promotion and foreign trips.

They told her they themselves had seen Melwani leading her junior to what they called the pink room before she came back panicking and absconded. Based on what she had been observing and what her colleagues told her, Neeta concluded it wasn’t safe to work here and quit.


Slap, social media plaints
Another former employee, Prabha, shared that a colleague told her amid sobs how Melwani tried to molest her. The colleague quit a few days later. Further, Prabha alleged that one morning in 2013, a young man slapped Melwani just outside the temple in full public view. Later that day, she said all the employees received an email from that youth, who identified himself as the fiance of an ex-employee of RVM Foundation. The sender alleged that Melwani took his unsuspecting fiancee outstation for a work trip and tried to get intimate with her. Someone posted this email on a blog about the Shiva temple. (On the blog, press Ctrl + F and enter “incident with my girlfriend” in the search box to get to the said post.)

This reporter found half a dozen websites where similar allegations have been made against Melwani aplenty. These anonymous posts are purportedly written by his victims, their friends and family in the spirit of warning prospective employees of this all-women office. The oldest complaint this reporter came across was posted in 2008 and the latest in December 2017.

All the posts alleging sexual harassment–online until earlier this year–have disappeared from organisation-review portal Glassdoor.com. (Now, the chairman’s rating on the website stands at 100%.) The largest cache of these complaints, on ConsumerComplaints.in, was wiped out in mid-2018. This reporter has screenshots of most of these plaints, though. On this website, the standard reply from RVM Foundation’s verified account comprised denial and lawsuit threat. A couple of complainants did retract allegations and posted an apology.

Many posts demanded that action be taken against Melwani and wondered how he hadn’t been exposed yet.


He prays and preys…

Bangalore businessman Ravi V Melwani, accused by many of his former employees of sexual assault, is an eccentric personality. Owner of much-respected charitable projects and a grand temple, he portrays himself as soaked in spirituality. He has a pet story about how the Shivoham Shiva temple came into being: the God himself appeared in his vision and asked him to build it. He identifies himself as a realised soul and doles out spiritual advice on Twitter and Quora, pondering on topics such as wisdom vs enlightenment, karma, afterlife etc.

At the same time, he seemingly can’t have enough of sexually exploiting young women.

One of his ex-employees and victims, Swati, put it succinctly. “His self-importance, austerities and sexual excesses–a super-weird combination.”

Melwani has written a book describing his “realization” that he is but a soul living in a body, and that that is how he came to calling himself AiR, acronym for Atman in Ravi. Throughout the 126-page book, he elucidates “my realized self” and magnanimously shares his learnings. As AiR and as RVM–which is how he’d go by before rebranding himself–he has authored a dozen books about God, spirituality, philosophy, positive thinking etc.

His ex-employees told this reporter how he’d wear the cloak of spirituality even as he’d assault them sexually. One of the oft-used terms in his lexicon is “nirvana”, which, he’d tell girls, is what he’s ultimately seeking through physical intimacy with them.

“In a very positive way he’ll try to tell you that what he’s doing is correct,” Anjali said. “He’s trying to immune you in a very different way.”

Sharing from her own experience and that of others, she explained what transpires in the office library. “He will show you all the books and all of his stuff. And then he will try to, you know, come close and will tell you that, you know, all those things: ‘I do this, I do that [referring to his charitable projects], I’m like God’s person’ and all that bullshit. He will tell you all those shit. And he’ll try to, you know, tell you that marriage is a bakwaas thing. You should be away from it. He’ll try to make you like, you know, that ‘You should stay away from moh-maya. And this is all very pure. There is nothing wrong in it.” and all that thing.”

In sync with the AiR character he portrays, he implores girls not to judge his innocuous soul for the needs of his body. “I am very spiritual. All these I do for my body but my soul is pure,” one ex-employee quoted him as saying in a long complaint posted online on December 2017.

“His understanding of Hinduism was distorted, lacked depth and was inadequate and [he] reinterpreted things at will,” Swati noted.

For Mitra, Melwani’s gimmick of spirituality came in handy once as she used it to her advantage and staved off his preying hands. She said when he began pawing her, she pointed out that it was a Monday, she was on a fast and what he wanted to do with her would amount to impiety. Luckily for her, this worked and Melwani backed off, seemingly approving of her rationale.


Love is in the AiR, not sex
One of Melwani’s peculiarities is his supposed renunciation of sexual intercourse. Not only do multiple anonymous complaints on internet mention his insistence on oral sex, his ex-employees who spoke with this reporter too confirmed him having this conversation with them.

“He even told me indirectly that he never has sex with any girl,” said Mitra. “Indirectly, he said everything [that] happens over here is oral.”

She said another girl who was part of Melwani’s inner circle told her: “You don’t need to worry about it. Things happen orally, nothing else.”

Anjali said she too learnt first-hand from the girls in the boss’s inner circle that he would make out but not ask for sex.

Melwani had had this conversation with Swati too. “I remember vaguely something about not insisting on sex. This comes from his idea that not ejaculating is greater pleasure. Please read his book Succsex.”

In her correspondence with this reporter, Swati mentioned this book multiple times. “His work Succsex talks about ojas, sexual energy and such stuff and justifies sex and spirituality as connected. He must have presented these views to some of the women he harassed.”

She believes his airy-fairy spirituality perhaps did make some perceive him as someone great. “He sold sub-standard singing, speaking and writing and marketed himself as someone who had realised. People heard that one word and began to view him differently,” she wrote.

For another ex-employee Neeta, Melwani’s guise of godliness covering up his misdeeds put her off of divinity for a while. “I felt really bad that how in the name of humanitarian work, he is running a scandal and is satisfying his physical needs. I was irritated to the extent that I stopped visiting the Shiva temple. Also because I lost faith in that temple and that particular idol because in the day time and other times, this man RVM would do such inhuman deeds and every day at 8 pm he used to do the aarati. Thinking how could God let this happen, I lost faith in that temple,” she shared over social media chat.


Well-crafted public image




Melwani often gives motivational speeches to corporates and students. While he has allegedly been victimising young women in the confines of his office (and vanity van and during ‘work’ trips) unabashedly, his public image is that of a successful businessman and a large-hearted philanthropist.

In the grand Shiva temple, he has hired differently abled people in visible roles such as for fees collection. His charitable units–the free hospital for the poor and the free shelter for the destitute–in Bangalore earn him further brownie points. His organisation scouts for the hungry and the homeless on Bangalore’s streets and feeds them, treats them and rehabilitates them.

Although Neeta didn’t face Melwani’s sexual advances in her few months at RVM Foundation, she holds a grudge against him for pulling wool over the eyes of believers. She wrote: “It is a great move to expose this person, especially to those who visit his temple and spend hundreds of rupees on various artificial stuff. My heart pains to see how he is taking advantage of the god-fearing Indians and has converted the temple into a money machine. Apart from the entry ticket, every step you take in the temple you will be lured to give away money in the name of god. As soon as you get in there used to be a holy tree, people would be selling holy threads for holy tree. Then you take a few steps there was a Ganesha statue and people would be lured to buy coconuts. Then there was a small Shiva statue and again people will be lured to pay for Shivabhishek. You move ahead and then there is 12 Jyotirling yatra, which you get to do only if you have paid for it. Then there was a point were they used to sell fake coins using which people could make a wish and throw in the pond. To my surprise, he started a new offering called Letter to the God and he started selling special papers in which devotees could write their wishes or frustrations. It is astonishing to see how he got these ideas and would play with the feelings of innocent people. These innocent people need to be shown the truth.”

A creepy office with weird, weird dynamics

The RVM Foundation office on fourth floor of Kemp Fort Mall is set in another world. It’s less of a workplace bound by law of the land and more of a fief of the owner-chairman Ravi V Melwani. All-women workforce, 12-hour workdays, exorbitant pay, quick promotions (after ‘work’ trips) pale in comparison with the way sexual exploitation is institutionalised here.

The ex-employees this reporter spoke with revealed–as did the complaints posted online anonymously–that Melwani is not without accomplices. Allegedly, a couple of women who are his long-time employees are hand-in-glove. They glorify him and try to talk girls into granting him sexual favours by supplementing his theory of “nirvana” through physical intimacy. They normalise and legitimise his sexual advances.

One complaint posted anonymously on internet in June 2016 claims the writer’s sister faced Melwani’s sexual advances on a ‘work’ trip. It reads: “On resisting, the members present in the trip tried to convince her that it’s normal and she should be open to it and not take it otherwise, but luckily she managed to save herself. On reaching back, her life was made miserable by neglection and odd tasks.”

An ex-employee who corresponded with this reporter through a mutual acquaintance shared a similar account of being overburdened with work since spurning the boss’s sexual advances.

“The office was divided into women who gave him what he wanted and women who didn’t,” alleged Swati, an ex-employee. All the former employees this reporter spoke with shared this observation.

Anjali said Melwani would openly tell girls what he wanted out of them. “And girls were ready to do that. Girls were doing that. Girls were doing that.”

Neeta, another former employee, wrote over chat: “There were five-six ladies who were titled ‘chief’ and who always used to go for international travel, who always received branded gifts from RVM on their travels. Especially those brands that were not available in India at that time. These ladies had their own small offices, which were hut-shaped. These were those ladies who agreed to give in to the wants of RVM and as promised in turn they got a hefty salary, international trips, etc.”


Baiting with money
Swati, who worked at RVM Foundation close to a decade ago, wrote that even back then, the company was doling out Rs70,000-Rs 1 lakh a month to those who did the chairman’s bidding. “Such salaries were unheard of except in top corporate companies then, hence very coveted,” she noted.

All of the women who have worked in this office mentioned they received good remuneration. Anjali shared how she got a promotion and a good pay hike soon after joining, Diya informed that her salary here was more than twice of what her previous company paid her. She asked and it was given, no negotiation needed. In fact, with a lone exception, even the anonymous complaints that have called out Melwani for sexual harassment have noted that he paid well.

An ex-employee who was unaware of Melwani’s ways when she stumbled upon the salaries of other employees expressed her astonishment at the inexplicable pay and even more surprising increments. “They used to join at 50k. Within one week or one trip, 1 lakh used to be their salary. Again, after one or two months that girl would quit,” she shared over WhatsApp. “I was a fool, thinking how come some girls joining for sales job [are] becoming managers without experience,” she added.

A noteworthy allegation levelled in the WhatsApp screenshots shared above is that the management had asked recruiters to hire girls in dire need of money. Melwani would exploit their need by paying them well above market rate, making it nigh impossible for them to quit even in the face of his demand for sexual activities.

One former employee confirmed as much when this reporter contacted her on a social media platform to seek any information she might be having about sexual harassment in RVM Foundation. She wrote:
“How does dat even help any body
Coz who are stil working there are piple who are in bad need for jobs
With many probs and who are ok with anything and evrything!”

Diya explained that a young girl living alone in Bangalore does not have the luxury of walking out of a job when there are bills to be paid and a family to answer to. Revealing the situation to the family isn’t an option for most, she pointed out. Luckily, she got a job shortly after Melwani made a move on her and she quit. She conceded that had she not landed this new job, she might not have been able to quit RVM Foundation, given where she stood at that point of time in life.

Further, Diya shared how a colleague whom she already knew from a previous job was tied to Melwani’s company because of financial constraints. She said this well-meaning colleague had begun warning her indirectly right from the day she joined RVM Foundation yet she herself was not in a position to put down her papers.

Swati herself was stuck to this job out of financial compulsions. “It made me feel sorry for myself that I needed the money to work for such a person,” she shared over email.


Odd environment
The ex-employees opined that the office had an unmistakable weird vibe. Diya said employees had a gag on interacting with each other. She said keeping an eye on who’s talking to whom and pulling them up for talking, or reporting it to Melwani, was a part of some girls’ job there. A former employee who recently shared her account anonymously on Twitter also mentioned this in detail.

Neeta found it awkward that there were only female employees in this beautifully landscaped office and the male employees were seated in a small one in the basement. Mitra recalled that once when a male employee got into this women-only office to hand over something important to Melwani, the hapless person was mercilessly lambasted by the ‘chiefs’ for trespassing into the no-man zone.

“The office was mostly made up of attractive women,” Swati pointed out. “Pretty women with little talent were hired all too often,” she added, on observation shared by other former employees. Diya said there were girls who hadn’t even finished graduation but were given senior posts.

Further, she recounted how Melwani’s secretaries would have to feed him, wash his hands, clean his mouth and give him a massage as if he were a baby. (No, he’s not handicapped.)

Mitra, who herself faced Melwani’s sexual advances aplenty, said every time he would ask a girl to take a walk with him and take her to the library, murmurs would start in the office: “Abhi dekhna, iska lipstick gaayab hoga.” (Just watch, her lipstick’s gonna fade.)

In May 2013, apparently an email was sent to all the departments of RVM Foundation by a then employee, calling out Melwani and his coterie for rampant sexual abuse. This reporter has a copy of the mail but couldn’t verify its authenticity from multiple sources. This mail names eight women and accusations against them range from deciding “who shares the bed with RVM” to “Official authorized to hire gals for RVM’s pleasure” to being a sell-out and unapologetically enjoying foreign trips with Melwani.


Why no exposé yet
One might wonder how Melwani has not been exposed yet, given the incessant sexual harassment he reportedly subjects his employees to. His enormous wealth and influence, coupled with the negative perception of the police and the legal system, deterred his victims from reporting the matter to authorities.

“We wanted to do a police complaint. We were trying to convince people ki hamaare saath aao, you know, we want to do a police complaint. But the thing is this, most of us were, like, outsiders. We are not localites. Second thing, everyone thinks, bala tali toh tali. Abhi isko kyun ghaseetna hai. And then he’s very powerful. Pata nahi na, kya hoga, kya nahi hoga. So we’re, like, bach gaye, bach gaye. Let’s not pull, you know, drag this anymore,” said Mitra.

She mentioned another apprehension that was on the back of her mind. She felt partly responsible for the sexual abuse she suffered. “That thing is always suppressing your mind ki nahi nahi, sahi hua hai, sahi hua. I deserved it.”

Diya seconded this point. Recalling how she had gone numb when this intimidating man propositioned hugging and kissing, she said the state of shock had rendered her incapable of defending herself. She said had Melwani tried molesting her, she couldn’t have warded him off and later would have felt guilty and responsible for failing to stopping him.

Swati echoed this sentiment. “People could always say he asked for consent anyway or some such thing and make women embarrassed instead.”

One former employee’s response to this reporter’s request for information illustrated how pronounced the fear factor is for some. She wrote: “I will come directly to the point here. I [am] really skeptical and scared for my life in sharing anything with anyone regarding this topic based on just a facebook msg.”

While she has quit RVM Foundation many years ago, her message showed that the scars run deep. “I’m sure you understand. This was not easy then and it’s still very traumatic.”


A screenshot is worth a thousand words

Until mid-2018, ConsumerComplaints.in had tonnes of complaints of sexual harassment against Ravi Melwani. But then they were taken down.

This reporter had bookmarked the link to RVM Foundation complaints on this website. Now, the link redirects to this:

This reporter reached out to ConsumerComplaints.in twice, asking why the entire database of complaints against RVM Foundation was taken down, but got no response.

Likewise, Glassdoor.com too had many explicit complaints, calling out Melwani for sexual abuse and his company for fostering this behaviour. While the complaints have disappeared from both the sites, this reporter has screenshots of some of the most compelling ones from ConsumerComplaints.in.

1. ‘Asking me to give you a blowjob’

2. ‘Started to pee in front of me’

3. ‘Secretary should be like wife’

4. ‘I should be more than his wife’

5. Mental trauma and counselling

6. ‘Getting kissed by him here and there’

7. Highly secured office

8. ‘Only women are trustworthy’

9. ‘Hugs, kisses, foreplay, blow job etc etc’

10. ‘Tries evaluating candidates by hugging them’

11. Allegation and denial

12. ‘Not safe’

The following screenshot might give the readers an idea about the number of complaints this website had about RVM Foundation and Ravi Melwani.

The company’s verified account was equally active on this website, deterring and threatening people.

While this was the company’s standard reply to the complaints, it commented under a post of one particularly active user that they had a clue about the person’s identity and he/she would be tracked soon.

While similar complaints have disappeared from Glassdoor.com, the website still hosts candidates’ interview experience at the organisation.

1. Do you have any relationships?

2. Applied for PR, being interviewed for PA

3. Borderline offensive questions about love life

4. ‘You’re a bit overweight’

5. Married? Disqualified

These two are far from the only websites where such complaints were posted. Ambition Box and Job Buzz still have a couple of complaints up.


Job openings

Until early-2018, RVM Foundation’s website had a ‘Careers’ section, where these openings would be posted. This practice was discontinued months ago and now, job advertisements are posted only on job-hunting portals. Much like the following job advertisements, the ones on RVM Foundation’s website too explicitly asked “only single and independent females” to apply.

In the following job opening, readers might want to take note of the salary offered and ‘Desired Candidate Profile’ at the bottom of the screenshot.

This reporter had also come across an opening for a part-time secretary, required to put in four hours of work after sunset. For this job, the advertisement mentioned a payment of Rs6 lakh per annum.

At RVM Foundation, payment of secretary is lucrative. This job opening mentions an annual payment of Rs18 lakh.


Appeal-cum-tipoff to NCW
One final thought. The National Commission of Women has stated it needs women to come forth to file complaints and that it can’t take suo moto cognizance when it doesn’t even know if the woman concerned wants to take legal recourse. That’s a fair point but in this case, the evidence of wrongdoing is written on the wall. For an all-women office with a high employee turnover, ridiculously high salaries and out-of-turn promotions and pay hikes, an audit of the records should be enough to establish that something questionable is going on.

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Anamika
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Anamika

I have picked many cases from the streets and sent them to RVM Foundation Home and Hospital and I have not found anyone as caring and compassionate as them. I don’t believe your blog.

Naarad Muni
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Oh hi! So you’re pasting the same comment everywhere. Let me give you the same reply then. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ‘Insan’ of Dera Sacha Sauda also ran a tonne of charity projects. Yet convicted of rape, murder and what not. How come does philanthropy imply that the do-gooder doesn’t do bad?

Khusboo
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Khusboo

Stop covering him
It’s a brothel…. If you want to read.. Please read.

https://www.holysmoke.org/scam/rvm-foundation/

Bharat
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Bharat

Hopefully this isn’t true, id suggest a detailed probe backed with supporting evidences .

Naarad Muni
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Hi, Bharat. I’m the author of this article. Yes, the truth is so horrific that it merits a thorough investigation. But this RVM chap has been extremely lucky to be exploiting women like this and yet stay out of trouble. Guess what? His time is about to run out soon. Tick tock…

radha
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radha

i know the organization from many years. I know what all good work the organization and the chairman have done for many years. Every bit written here is false. It is sad that a website like this permits false and vindictive content to be uploaded with the intent to blackmail and extort.

Web Activist
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“the intent to blackmail and extort.”

What do you mean by this ?

radha
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radha

Knowing the organization for decade +++, I am 100% sure that EVERYTHING IN THE POST IS FALSE. I also know two people who have spent all their time and money to create this false upload. THE INTENTION IS ONLY ONE – TO BE BLACKMAIL AND EXTORT. It is shocking that you permit it, especially for an organization that is doing humanitarian and spiritual work. What a pity? Not one of the “persons” accusing is genuine – giving their identity

Web Activist
Admin

How ironic. The poster has given all the evidence required. As a woman ? , we were hoping that you ‘believe’ in such allegations of serious nature. I wonder what is the sexual harassment policy in this organisation. Shouldn’t there be an investigation and a report submitted somewhere? You carelessly throw out terms like ‘blackmail’ and ‘extortion’. Are you suggesting that this poster/lady is demanding a ransom to take back her allegation? Is there any evidence of such? Here’s the best part. We have now received corroborated reports from multiple victims of this Ravi Melwani, and have already been contacted… Read more »

Naarad Muni
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History shows much exploitation was done under the garb of humanitarian work. Your AiR is self-realised anyway, right? Why do you bother if he’s now headed to the birthplace of Lord Krishna? Or are you worried over who’ll pay exorbitant salary for doing no work anymore?

Naarad Muni
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Hello from the author of this article. The truth will be out in a couple of months at best. Have fun. And as RVM says, Great morning!

jyothi p
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jyothi p

OH MY GOD !
What nonsense!
A friend just called asked about AIR … forwarded me this link and asked if it was true as I had worked with Mr melwani for long.
I AM SHOCKED to read this crap.. its total rubbish.
He has been doing good work for 25 years and anybody who has written all this has clearly SOME OTHER INTENTIONS THAT I DON’T KNOW .. but this is FALSE.
Luckily I guided my friend not to believe in it but I thought of putting this comment as other innocent people MIGHT FOOLISHLY BELIEVE IN WHAT IS WRITTEN HERE.

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Miss. At webactivism, we monitor all activities on our website. The fact that you are posting multiple comments, using different identities (but the same IP address) suggests that Ravi Melwani and RVM Foundation are trying their best to hide this crime of sexual nature.

Now, why would an innocent person do such a thing ?

Jayant
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Jayant

Why Don’t you ping the link for the evidences to PMO and women welfare ministry and request them for surprise raid.

Naarad Muni
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I called the National Commission for Women but it’s like any other government department. My request for appointment was denied and I was told to send an email. I sent an email and never got any response. Our Indian government is infamous for these very reasons.

Akash
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Akash

What you reported is 101% correct. He is mentally sick. He is literally running a brothel.

NEHA
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NEHA

Everything you have mentioned about this PIG AiR is 101% true. It gave me goosebumps while reading it because I am an ex-employee as well and been through his torture. When I was reading this article I felt am reliving all the moments. Also. this lady who is commenting that this is all crap and he’s been doing good work for the past 25 years is BULLSHIT. She is a part of his office and is somebody who is working for him. He used to make us do that. Create different id’s and write good reviews about him to push… Read more »

Mrinalini Surendran
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What a pathetic!!

Thanks webactivisim to show the courage write all truth. Ravi Melwani is now AiR . He is now AiR because he wants to hide his all dirty scam.
http://air.ind.in/ is current website.
He removed all the RVM data because no body will not recognize him.

Please stop Ravi Melwani !!!!!

don’t spoil the girls life !!!

RVM Foundation or AiR institute of realization is a trap for destroy life….its like a brothel

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