Warning sexual predator in Leh, Ladakh

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I am writing to warn travelers to Leh, Ladakh of a sexual predator/professional scammer located at one of the local jewelry stores "India Art Expositions." Name is Raj Khurshid (photo attached). I spent 2 months in the Leh area a few summers ago and being female kept my distance. He presented as friendly and "helpful," overly helpful, always talking about how helpful he is to this westerner and that westerner, that he is a healer, he will help you heal. He helped me get a phone when I had arrived there and worked hard to stay in touch and continue to try to build friendship and rapport. He cites "helping local families in need" so if you have money, he will kindly take your 500 or 1000 rupees and give to families in need (like his own?). The worst of it is his lure of "healing." He continued to speak of this and on my last day before leaving Leh area presented me with a well known author of books about traveling India and safety... and cited her as one of his "clients". I met her, she endorsed, and I relaxed and agreed to meet him to "heal" that night. He had me meet him at various cafes to zigzag our way to his place and stressing the importance of not being seen together on the streets (I believe the community was on to him and he was being crafty). At one of the cafes, we met up with a French woman who had just arrived and he used me, saying that I was coming for a healing..... (now I was the endorsement and of course I would never see her again to say "noooooo!"). He has a whole system. It was not until I was at his place and he began the process of "healing" that I started realizing that something was off. This healing was starting to feel intimate. It proceeded to the point where I became overwhelmed with a sick feeling as I realized he was full of shit and a predator pursuing sexual encounter under the guise of "healing." I got out. He is a professional. Beware.
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The challenge is that I am now writing with perspective. When I went in, it was with full trust (Someone I trusted had strongly endorsed, likely not having the experience that I had). That's dangerous.... when we give our authority away. It's a sucky place to be when you see what's true and are then just trying to get out safely. When you think someone is a friend and yet things are not what they seem. It was the worst part of my India stay.
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This is the case for everywhere and all manner of situations. Its a tough world sadly and its sad that this lesson has to be learned. Be that as it may we have to..
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After living in India for over 14 months I do get it.... scams scams and more scams. This warning does not come from a place of naivity. Scam me out of a few rupees, fine. Train scam. Monk scam. Sure. This is a whole ‘nother level of a very calculated operation with elaborate networks and systems designed to lure women in for sexual exploit. I was a tough nut to crack knowing better to not engage with men period. And yet a few final plays finally relaxed that guard. This warning is for women. Trust no one, for sure, specifically no man. But see THIS man? May there be zero doubt he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing after your most sacred treasure.
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This is a whole ‘nother level of a very calculated operation with elaborate networks and systems designed to lure women in for sexual exploit.
Well, it is guys who know how to manipulate. They know how to use charm, but worse, they also know how to use lies. Don't know how much networking is involved, but the number of times we hear of such people and their gemstones, financial scams, "healing," etc, I would not be at all surprised.

On the subject of not getting scammed, the advice is often to trust one's gut feeling. I think that is totally wrong: it is the business and expertise of the scammers to twist gut feelings around their little fingers. And whether the aim is cash, sex, or whatever, the techniques are much the same.

Good for you for naming and shaming.
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Please do send written complaints to Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner, Leh and Sargun Shukla, Senior Superintendent of Police, Leh. Complete address isn’t a must; I am sure the postal services will deliver the mail to these two ladies (Google those names).

Please do not procrastinate. Action will be initiated for sure. The predator is most probably on the streets looking for another prey as we speak. Also come back and post updates, if any, as and when you hear from the authorities.

I have just emailed the content of your post to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and to the Indian Ambassador here at Washington DC. Even his (very clear) picture got pasted without any problem in my email!
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Angry

It's not "scamming."

It's sexual predation and he's a sexual predator. Don't white wash it with an innocuous verb.

A lot has come out of the #metoo movement in America in the Yoga and Buddhist worlds -- whether it's Noah Levine or Manouso Manos or Sakyong Mipham and others. There was a big scandal (rape) with a certain yoga teacher in Goa (of course he denied) not too long ago and despite that, the yoga center has no lack of Western students, mostly women.

To the OP, thanks for coming forward.

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I think the pic should be removed, we don't know what happened. The poster has not posted much before.
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I don't agree although its a classic come on. She has earlier posts and they appear legitimate. She may be naive. But, that doesn't deny an issue..
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Raj Khusrsid, Name itself sounds fake.

Raj is a hindu first name and khursid is muslim family name
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Originally Posted by surya2015 View Post Please do send written complaints to Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner, Leh and Sargun Shukla, Senior Superintendent of Police, Leh. Complete address isn’t a must; I am sure the postal services will deliver the mail to these two ladies (Google those names).

Please do not procrastinate. Action will be initiated for sure. The predator is most probably on the streets looking for another prey as we speak. Also come back and post updates, if any, as and when you hear from the authorities.

I have just emailed the content of your post to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and to the Indian Ambassador here at Washington DC. Even his (very clear) picture got pasted without any problem in my email!
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Originally Posted by anandp74 View Post Raj Khusrsid, Name itself sounds fake.

Raj is a hindu first name and khursid is muslim family name
Don't be surprised...such hindu name with muslim surname and vice versa are common in Kashmir and Ladakh.
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Raj Khurshid (mispelled above)
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So sorry you had to experience this. It sounds frighteningly like an experience a young lady, who I had met in India while I was traveling there, went through as well. She was conned into a "massage" in her case. 

When I'd met her, it had just happened the day before. She was fairly nonchalant about it, but as the day went on, she realized more and more what had actually happened to her. It took her a day or two for it to fully hit her, and the poor thing had a breakdown when it did. 

   



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